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How to Improve Landscapes with Mist and Fog Photography

If you have ever wanted to know one sure way to make your landscape photos stand out, it is to photograph them in mist or fog.

As the sun rises, the foggy landscape transforms into an atmospheric and surreal setting. The potential of a great photo is there — but it takes some effort to get it right.

Here are some tips to help you capture those atmospheric shots.

Before you can take create excellent mist or fog photography, it is worth knowing what they are and how they can affect your photos.

Both fog and mist are created by water droplets. There are some differences, though.

Fog is a cloud that reaches ground level. Mist forms when water droplets are suspended in the air.

Fog is denser than mist and will often last longer. It also reduces visibility more than mist. This means that you may not be able to shoot as far into the distance as when it’s misty.

Knowing this will help you plan your shoot and locations beforehand. If you are planning on photographing some mountains, you may not be able to see them when it’s foggy.

Because both fog and mist are created by water droplets, make sure to have a weather-sealed camera body and lens. You wouldn’t want to sacrifice your equipment, not even for a stunning fog picture.

Location Scouting for Foggy and Misty Images

To be able to capture photos of mist or fog, your first challenge is being there when it occurs. This requires some planning as well as some spontaneity so that you can get to a location at short notice.

Monitor the weather forecasts and be ready to act as soon as there is a chance of fog or mist.

You also have to know the location you are going to be shooting from. Fog might last longer, but mist disappears quickly.

You need to have a list of locations you have already scouted. This way, you don’t have to waste any time looking for one.

The best time to photograph either phenomenon is early morning. So set your alarm early and aim to get to your location one hour before sunrise.

Start taking photos straight away, as you can capture some nice early morning shots before the sun has risen. The most important thing is to be ready for sunrise where you are expecting to get the best light source.