Whether you will admit this or not, despite being mystic, fog is overtly beautiful. They have the innate capability to transform a setting into something quiet, introspective and moody, which make it extremely difficult for a photographer to capture snaps. If you have not tried taking photographs in a foggy backdrop, you should at least have this overwhelming experience for once. 

Understanding the foggy effect 

The stunning gray mist recreates the beauty of the landscape; but at the same time handling your camera can seem extremely difficult. If you are new in photography chances are you have already heard about the eminent “nature’s softbox” comment which refers to the softening of light on cloudy days. It’s the same for foggy scenarios. The only difference it makes here is that you feel literally like being in the clouds, which certainly amplifies that subtle softbox effect. If you have ever attended nature photography workshops you will be taught how to manipulate the dullness in air, when the colour saturation turns excessively weak. 

There are quirks related to foggy days which you should aptly apply. Let us get into some important aspects related to foggy day frames. These are as follows: 

What are the idiosyncrasies involved with foggy days?

Most of you must already be wondering how fog impacts light. In order to understand this you will first require gaining a fair knowledge about how the softbox effect works. The foggy weather is when the air becomes too misty. With lots of water particles floating, the light gets randomly scattered. Due to such diffused light the frame appears mystic. 

Besides, fogging reduces light leading to extended exposure times. However, this might not take too long before the fog will disappear because of its ever moving nature. If you are going to participate in nature photography tours you are likely to encounter foggy scenarios and these are times when you will need your camera tripod the most. For best results you must use the tripod and on occasions you can turn on the ISO of the camera for handheld shots. 

When you experiment with your camera by using different settings and modes, you literally achieve the best nature shots. 

Be wary of the reflective nature of fog. It can completely fool you by allowing you to believe that there is more light when in fact it’s all misty out there. That’s why be careful of underexposed shots. 

Fog may do the worst ever thing with your photographic skills 

Nature has different impacts on its favourite things, one of them being the landscape. Although nature photography can be raw and beautiful, photographers ought to have patience, understanding and skills to know which components need to be worked upon. Firstly, you may be told by an expert during the multiple photography tours in Australia that fog is something you should stay careful of. Fog can literally muck up with the autofocus by simply doing odd things. It will rather gum up the white balance of the frame. Hence before concluding that you have shot the best nature photographs, take a look at them after clicking. That’s when you can realise and understand how fog might have affected the frame in consideration. 

In order to avoid the massacre, it is advisable that you fix the problems during the post processing time. So, just hold your patience and you will have everything set for the day. 

Author's Bio: 

The author is a photographic expert. In recent times the author has been shedding light on nature photography workshops through blogs.