Advice on 'Misty' conditions

Lilbil Avatar
Lilbil 12 2 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2018 11:33AM

I have recently rekindled my interest in photography and dug out my old kit. I have a Nikon D5000, 18-55mm kit lens, 55-300mm and my favourite 35mm prime.

I am due an excursion to Venice in late January and it's often misty at this time of year but I foresee the opportunity for some interesting photography opportunities/challenges.

I'm ok with the basics but would love to be a lot more creative, if anyone would be kind enough to provide any tips they have for misty mornings I would be most grateful as I foresee challenges ahead.

Many thanks in advance,

bornstupix2 Avatar
bornstupix2 6 131 1 France
31 Dec 2018 12:46PM
Probably the first thing to consider is how you work on your images and the degree of software knowledge you have. If you use modern sophisticated photo editing software small errors in exposure are not critical......if you plan to use your images "as shot" you need to get it spot on and the best way is to bracket your exposures until you have examined your results. Mist is a tricky opponent in the fight for perfect images and there are always more "whizzers than keepers"
Keeping some detail in the misty part of the image will lose you shadow detail so a good final image will depend on your use of your software. Do you know the number of f-stops or ev settings your mix of camera/photo editing software gives you?
The final question is of course personal taste. I love watery thin and pale street and city scenes.....not every one does.
Happy new year and good hunting.....stuart
pink Avatar
pink Plus
20 7.4k 11 England
31 Dec 2018 12:57PM
The good thing about mist/fog is that it can help to simplify your compositions as it can effectively mask out distracting backgrounds or other elements, you can achieve some very powerful images as a result, try using the long lens as this can help to intensify any mist you have, you can also be selective with tighter compositions.
Enjoy playing and take lots of images in this iconic location
Chris_L Avatar
Chris_L 9 5.5k United Kingdom
31 Dec 2018 1:11PM
Look for light sources such as the sun or glass/water that is reflecting the sun's rays and see if you can get the mist between you and the source as it makes all the difference. Try shooting at dusk and at dawn. Try longer exposures than normal, use an ND filter to achieve this in bright conditions.


Snapper Avatar
Snapper 18 4.5k 3 United States Outlying Islands
31 Dec 2018 1:15PM
Always worth a quick search of the How To section on this site Paul, and here's what it found.
Lilbil Avatar
Lilbil 12 2 United Kingdom
31 Dec 2018 1:22PM
Absolutely fantastic advice and some great links, many thanks to you all and Happy New year.

FujiJon Avatar
FujiJon 5 1 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2019 4:54PM
If you can beg / steal / borrow / buy something a bit wider (I had a Sigma 10-20 F3.5) you won't regret it, especially for internal and external architectural shots. Like of this place and many others.

Love Venice.


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