Cre­ate at­mos­phere with a fog ma­chine


1 Wait for haze

Ini­tially, the smoke pro­duced by an in­ex­pen­sive smoke ma­chine like this can be too swirly and ac­tive – but we don’t want it to look like the room is on fire, we just want a sub­stance to the air. By wait­ing a few min­utes for the smoke to set­tle, it hangs more del­i­cately in the air.

2 Darken the room

The rays of light will only show if we’re able to cre­ate con­trast be­tween them and the rest of the scene. As they’re bright, we can cre­ate the con­trast by mak­ing the back­drop be­hind as dark as we can. Block any other win­dows and turn off over­head lights so the am­bi­ent light is at a min­i­mum.

3 Choose an an­gle

The an­gle for light­ing is im­per­a­tive. We need to think about where the light will fall, and how we can make our sub­ject best stand out. Here a side-on an­gle works best, as it means the light falls across the dark back­drop and sil­hou­ettes them. If we’d shot straight-on, they’d be lost against the bright win­dow.

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