lauantai 17. maaliskuuta 2018

Tips for How to Enhance the Mood in Your Foggy Photos

I love photographs of foggy scenes. It can be a view of a busy street, a sprawling city skyline or a secluded mountain valley. Mist and fog are transformative and can give a well-known location a completely different feeling, filled with mystery and depth.

How to Control Mood in Your Foggy Photos

There are so many things you can do with your foggy images to give them the kind of mood and feel you want.

In this article, I’m going to choose an image that features fog and edit it a few different ways. I’ll show you a few simple factors that you can put to use to help you learn to completely control the mood of your misty and foggy images.

The Photo

This is the photograph that was kind enough to lend itself to be a guinea pig for our little experiments.

foggy image of a tree - How to Control Mood in Your Foggy Photos

It’s an image I made early one morning in the mountains of Virginia and of course, it is a RAW file…for now. Below we’re going to look at how some easy changes can literally transform this photo.


We all know about contrast to some extent. At its core, contrast is simply the difference between light and dark in an image. When there’s a big difference and the lights are bright and the shadows are dark the photo is said to be high contrast. The opposite is true with low contrast photos where there is a very little gradient between the lights and darks.

The reason I’m refreshing you with a little Photography 101 is that fog inherently makes most images low contrast. You can choose to further reduce the contrast or bump things up as I’ve done in our first example.

Here’s our test photo with a large amount of increased contrast (using the Contrast and Blacks sliders) applied.

How to Control Mood in Your Foggy Photos - higher contrast tree image

A relatively large amount of contrast in a misty scene instantly changes the tone of the photo by adding a sense of brooding. The light areas become brighter and the shadows deepen. High contrast images, in general, have more impact but that’s more of a preference than a rule.

Alternatively, you can choose to embrace the softness of foggy images and decrease the contrast even more. Now I’ve lessened the contrast using the Tone Curve to fade out the tree.

How to Control Mood in Your Foggy Photos - lower contrast tree image

Low contrast can make your image extremely delicate which imparts an artsy, nearly abstract vibe. Oddly enough, low contrast foggy photos can be surprisingly workable in black and white as well.

How to Control Mood in Your Foggy Photos - b/w tree

Color Temperature

Believe it or not, color temperature has one of the most perceivable impacts on photos of fog and mist. Perhaps even more so than anything the feel of the photograph and how it conveys mood is determined by the temperature of the color tones.

Now I’m going to take that high contrast version of the photo from the last example and change nothing but the color temperature. The version is nice and soothing cooled down. I adjusted the White Balance from 6150K to 4350K.

How to Control Mood in Your Foggy Photos - cool image of a tree

Next, let’s warm the color temperature back up considerably from the base 6150K to 7350K

How to Control Mood in Your Foggy Photos - warmer image of a tree

See what a difference that makes? Misty and foggy images with a cooler color temperature are more ethereal and give the viewer a more ominous, darker experience. On the flip side of the temperature coin, warmer toned images are generally viewed as more upbeat and comforting.

It’s funny how changing the color temperature can have such a drastic effect on identical scenes.


The overall all brightness of a photo is very subjective but when it comes to foggy photos there’s a very particular change you can make to your photo to take it from mundane to wow. “Wowdane” maybe? You know what I mean.

You accomplish this by making use of your old friend in Lightroom, the Graduated Filter. I’m going to use the cool toned image from the last example but the only change I’ll make is to add some increased exposure in the top portion of the photo.

How to Control Mood in Your Foggy Photos - darker

By brightening up the fog in the tree top the entire photo becomes more impactful and punchy. The fog seems to “glow” and becomes more like something out of the pages of a storybook.

Experiment with your photo by moving the Graduated Filter around to add directional lighting or even opting for the Radial Filter to localize the effect even more. I use a Graduated or Radial Filters (or both) in virtually all of my landscape and nature photos and it becomes especially useful in those which feature fog or mist.

Embracing the Haze

Some final thoughts on working with images of mist and fog include using the suggestions above, but I also encourage you to revisit the same image more than once while editing. Look for ways to change the mood and tone of the photo by changing the color temperatures. Don’t be afraid to go to extremes with contrast.

The great thing about working with these types of scenes is that they offer incredible creative opportunities for both you and the viewer.

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Twitter Expanding Verification

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perjantai 16. maaliskuuta 2018

Weekly Photography Challenge – New Things

Last week your challenge was antiques or old things. So let’s change it up and do the opposite this week.

I photographed my new Fuji X00F when I first got it.

Weekly Photography Challenge – New Things

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer, upload them to your favorite photo-sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

Share in the dPS Facebook Group

You can also share your images in the dPS Facebook group as the challenge is posted there each week as well.

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Introducing the new Sony a7 III – Let’s see what all the fuss is about

Sony recently released their newest full frame camera, available in April 2018 (at the time of this writing), the Sony a7 III. There’s been a lot of talk about it – let’s take a look at a few hands-on field tests to see what all the fuss is about.

Official video for the Sony a7 III

Check out some of the specs and features of the new Sony a7 III in this official product feature from Sony.

Some of the specs for the Sony a7 III at a glance include:

  • 24-megapixel full-frame sensor
  • 5-axis image stabilization
  • 4K video
  • 693 focus points (same as the more expensive a9)
  • 10 frames per second mechanic shutter
  • 15 stops dynamic range
  • Dual memory card slot
  • Uses new NP-FZ100 battery with an improved life up to 710 shots per charge
  • Touch-screen for focus
  • Ultrafast tracking focus and eye focus

Things missing:

  • No GPS
  • No time-lapse

Sneak peak and predictions

Dave Altizer from Kinotika goes over some of the specs of the Sony a7 III and why you might be excited about this entry-level full frame camera. Coming in at $2000, it has many features of its big siblings the a7R III and a9, without the big hit to your pocketbook.

Early thoughts

In this video from PhotoRec TV, hear why this photographer’s headline for the Sony a7 III is,

“With this camera, there isn’t much to complain about!”

He talks about some of the differences between the Sony a7 III and the a7R  III, as well as the high-end a9. Also, learn about some of the things he’s excited about in regards to this new camera including the longer lasting battery, dual slots, the joystick, USB-C, and touchscreen interface.

Full hands-on review

Finally, in this video go more in-depth with a hands-on review from Sony artisan photographer, Jason Lanier. He puts the camera through its paces testing the autofocus, burst shooting rate, buffer time, and more. This is a really helpful, real-world review that may help you decide if this camera is for you.

If you found that one valuable he’s got another video where he tests Canon lenses on the Sony a7 III with amazing results. And he doesn’t even own a Canon camera body!

What are your thoughts? I don’t know about you, but just watching these videos I was really impressed with its fast focus abilities. This could be a game-changer for sports or wildlife shooters, or even those doing video. Are you ready to give the Sony a7 III a try?

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