Just add fog
Add a touch of artificial mist to create a dramatic atmosphere in your landscape images, whatever the weather
For atmospheric landscape photos, nothing beats a bit of mist – even if you have to make it yourself. James Paterson fires up a fog machine...
Mist is a wonderful mood-setter, but the problem is that for mist to appear naturally, the conditions have to be just right. Natural fog only occurs when drops of moisture in the air cool suddenly. The rapid cooling transforms the invisible gas to visible droplets – think of warm breath on a cold day. It happens a lot where warm air above water meets cold land, or when a cold night air falls over warm ground.
These kinds of conditions happen fairly often, but if you want guaranteed atmosphere, why not take matters into your own hands? You might think of a fog machine as a film maker’s tool, used in spooky horror films to heighten the atmosphere. But these are great for stills too, and not as troublesome or nearly as expensive to set up as you might think. A cheap fog machine like ours can be bought for around £30, and can transform an outdoor scene in seconds.
Basic fog machines are mainspowered, so you can try this in your garden. But if you connect a power inverter to a car battery, you can venture further into the wild to create fog anywhere within an extension cable’s length of a car. Here’s how…
Fog machines are great for stills, and not nearly as expensive as you might think