TOP TIPS CRE­ATE AT­MOS­PHERE WITH A FOG MA­CHINE

For the best light rays think about the con­sis­tency of the smoke, the am­bi­ent light and the cam­era an­gle

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01 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.

02 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 you can. Block any other win­dows and turn off over­head lights so the am­bi­ent light is at a min­i­mum.

03 CHOOSE AN AN­GLE

Light and shade are as im­por­tant to com­po­si­tion as the shapes and ob­jects that make up the scene. We need to think about where the light falls, and how we can make ar­eas stand out. Here a slightly side on an­gle works best, as it means the light rays fall across the dark back­drop.

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