How to Use Atmosphere Aerosol for Better Photos

I’ve always been enamored with those photographs that show great light beams coming through the fog. Whether they are in forests or just a lonely tree standing in a field, the atmosphere that the fog creates is so dynamic and always makes a great photo. I’ve also seen some examples in developing countries when someone is cooking in a hut and the smoke from the fire creates the same effect for the light to pass through.

Interesting atmosphere always creates an interesting photograph. But, the atmosphere isn’t always there.

Well, I recently came across this product the allows you to carry the atmosphere with you wherever you go. This is all about how to use atmospheric aerosol for better photos. This great product is obviously tremendous for any portrait or wedding photographer, but I think it would be beneficial for landscape and macro photography as well! If there is no wind in the area, atmosphere aerosol could give you a few extra minutes of magical atmosphere. The same goes for macro photography.

While I was trying to figure out its uses for wildlife photography, I struggled to think of a situation that it would work. In fact, I think wildlife photographers are out of luck with this product. I don’t think a majestic moose would allow you to prance around spraying atmosphere aerosol for increased interest in a photo. In fact, I think you’d be trampled.

This description along with the photo examples are taken directly from the Atmosphere Aerosol website:

How Atmosphere Aerosol Works

Atmosphere Aerosol enables photographers and filmmakes to quickly, easily, and safely create fog or haze for photos and film.

  1. Shake can well before using.
  2. Spray in room or still area for 20 seconds or more.
  3. Atmosphere Aerosol will linger in the air for minutes for photos and films.
    VERY IMPORTANT! Back ligting is required to see haze or fog. Position and amount of light will determine the look of the fog or haze.
  4. Re-spray as needed.

Tips For Shooting

Below are examples of ways to use Atmosphere Aerosol for shooting outdoors and indoors with natural and artificial light for photography and films.

Shooting Outdoors

For the shot below, it was a sunny day with very little wind, and it was in the morning. The trees and leaves helped Atmosphere Aerosol linger in the air. Spray Atmosphere Aerosol in the air behind the subject, so it will spread out evenly throughout the scene. If there is a breeze, spray Atmosphere into the wind in order to disperse the haze as it travels downwind.

Atmosphere Aerosol Fog for Photographers and Filmmakers


Shooting Indoors Using Natural Light

The shots below were taken indoors with natural light coming through the windows. The air was still, the windows were closed, and we were not near any running fans or air conditioning vents. Something to look for when using Atmosphere Aerosol indoors with natural light is direct light hitting the wall or floor like the image below.

Position your subject or subjects and spray Atmosphere Aerosol into the light. The position of the light and the amount of Atmosphere Aerosol used will determine the look of the haze.

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Shooting With Artificial Light

You can create the illusion of the sun with a light source (i.e., speed light, strobe, or video light).

Color gels can also add creativity to your photos. A full CTO was used in the image below.  The light was fired into the barn wall in order to cut and shape the light into rays.

Atmosphere Aerosol Fog for Photographers