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
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.