Taking photographs in mist
Until now I considered misty days as being bad weather for photography. I was wrong. Taking photographs in mist conditions can be rewarding. I never photographed in mist until now. I’m very pleased by the results I’ve got. It was a great opportunity for me to experiment with it and to see how rewarding it is getting out there in the mist with my camera. When taking photographs in mist the light can be diffuse. It’s acting like a soft-box.
Depending on the place and the time of day you can do great landscape images in mist. Focusing the lens in mist conditions is difficult sometimes depending on how far the subject is. Also the mist can trick your camera meter giving you false readings, so its good to compensate.
I didn’t have any idea what images I wanted to take in mist, so I searched shapes and areas that are interesting surrounded by mist. Also adding a person in the scene can make a big difference.
Taking photographs in mist is not so hard as might look. Try to experiment with it. Photographs taken in the mist can be very moody. Fog can form at any time not only in the mornings. A good thing to have in mind when taking photographs in mist is to have with you a lens cloth, or to protect your camera. When spending a lot of time in mist overtime water droplets can form on your lens or on your camera.
To have a tripod with you is a good idea. The light conditions might be poor and you will need longer exposures especially if you get inside a forest. Look for something interesting that stands out in the mist and keep an eye on details. Experiment with different exposures. Try to see how the images look if they are brighter or darker.
Try not to get to far away from the subject you are photographing. The further you get the less visible it will be. Have fun taking photographs in mist I sure have.
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