Loving the Haze
When taking a picture or video many times we are looking for the best lighting and angle, but what about the little creative aspect? As a photographer and videographer I like to find little things that will change my piece and perspective on my subject. Often times for a little different look in pictures its fun to shoot with the fog and mist to get a hazy look, but what happens when there is none on the morning of you shoot or your shoot is later in the day? I learned this cool little trick from PetaPixel, a few years back and have loved to use it when called for since.
This little trick is super easy to do, and you probably already have everything you need. All you will need is a sandwich bag, a marker (optional), and your camera. Once you have your supplies it’s time to start start. Take your sandwich bag push a hole through the bottom of the bag. This will create a stretched out bottom with a hole, you may have to stretch the bag out a little more so it will fit around your camera’s lens a little better. Now it’s time to place the bag over the lens, you will want to pull the bag back enough that your subject is not covered by the bag’s edges (the hazy look). Once you have the bag placed how you want it, it’s time to focus on the subject and shoot. To give a little color to the haze you simply color the edges you have stretched and pulled with any color marker you would like.
You can use this cool little trick for any subject. Make sure your camera is in manual focus this way auto focus doesn’t refocus on to the bag by mistake. Don’t panic, if you are not sure how to use the Exposure Triangle settings (ISO, aperture, and shutter speed) yet, you can leave your camera body in auto and just have the lens in manual focus.
Tonya Moken is the owner of TLM Productions, LLC, a photography and video business focusing on you in South Jersey and Philadelphia. Please call TLM Productions’ Tonya Moken at 609.440.6176 or email her at tonya.moken@TLMproductions.com for a project quote or photography lessons today!