Set off a smoke bomb for a spooky mist effect
To inject instant atmosphere and intrigue into your photo, there’s nothing better than introducing a smoke bomb (or two!). Easily found online, smoke bombs or pellets will vary in both price and quality. We recommend buying in bulk, as this will give you the opportunity to practise until you get your shot. The unfortunate downside of smoke bombs is that you can’t particularly direct where the smoke goes – especially on a windy day. If you’re shooting a wide area and you want it all to be covered in smoke, then the best way to do this is to incorporate a tripod into your shoot. By stabilising your camera and preventing it from moving, you can take multiple shots with smoke filling different parts of the frame each time. Then, you simply combine them later in Photoshop. For the best results, make sure that your model stays in the same part of the frame. If they wander into an area that was filled with smoke, you’ll no longer be able to use it, as you’d end up with two subjects in your final image. To try this technique in Photoshop, open your base shot, then drag in the photos with the smoke effect you want to incorporate. They will appear as Layers in the Layers panel (Window>Layers). Then erase the non-important parts of the smoke Layers until you’re left with the final mysterious effect. Above Don’t place your smoke pellet directly onto the ground – instead use a piece of metal (or tin foil) for safety.