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Fashion Lighting Using Fog

September 22nd, 2010

I love to shoot fashion.   There are so many reasons why.  I love the couture clothing, I love to photograph women and I also love to create a mood.  One of my favorite techniques to create mood in an image is to use a fog machine.  You can pick one up for about $25.  In these photos I used a medium soft box as my main light and placed it camera left.  To light the fog I placed a strobe behind her and off camera.  My assistant ran the fog machine off camera right.  The back light was about 2 stops brighter than my main.   You have to tell your model to be in character all the time and to NOT look back at the machine.  The fog dissipates rather quickly and it’s difficult to get just the right pattern of fog so it doesn’t look like it is being shot out in a stream.   My assistant used a piece of cardboard to blow the fog around and “shape” it so it looks the way it does.                                             

fashion model in fog by jason christopher fashion model photo in fog by jason christopher

Now if you look at the photo on the left you will notice an edge light on her cheek.  That is coming from the back light that is illuminating the fog.  So in essence you can kill to birds with one stone.  It’s actually a very challenging shoot.  If you get a model in that is inexperienced she will want to always look back at the fog machine because she is so in awe of it, why I have no idea, but I go crazy because the fog will be perfect and the model will decide to make sure it looks perfect and will look back and I miss the shot.  Oy vey !  lol  So reinforce to your model to stay in character and DON’T LOOK BACK at the friggin machine !  Sara, the model in these photos is an experienced model so I didn’t have to remind her to not look back.

Yes these images were retouched.  The model’s skin was smoothed and of course contrast, levels etc., the standard stuff was done.  My lighting however, was just how you see it.   And that’s really all there is to it.  A two light set up and that’s it.  Please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions, comment whether you like it or don’t.  You won’t hurt my feelings.

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13 Responses to “Fashion Lighting Using Fog”

  1. Lloyd Barnes Says:

    Good idea about having an assistant “shape” the fog – I’m going to give that a try next time!

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    Jason Christopher Reply:

    Thank you Lloyd. Yes it is always a good idea to have some help. Even if you just ask your make up artist or a friend.

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  2. Serge Says:

    Fog does look pretty cool. Do you do your own retouching or do you send it out? I really like the one on the left, its almost like a cape around her.

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    Jason Christopher Reply:

    Thank you Serge. I send out my images to be retouched. Thank you for your compliment.

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  3. Bryce Says:

    Heya Jason, I have a couple questions…
    As for the fog machine, where did you get it?…I always thought they were like thousands of dolllars.
    Also the strobe that was lighting the fog, was it on a stand?

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    Jason Christopher Reply:

    Hi Bryce ! I apologize for the late reply my friend.
    I bought the fog machine at Do It Center hardware store last Halloween. The machines you are thinking of that cost thousands are the huuuuuuge machines that are used for big movie sets OR photo shoots that are outdoors when you need a very large amount of fog. I actually don’t know if they cost thousands but yes they are MUCH more expensive.
    The strobe lighting the fog was on a small baby stand.
    Thank you for the questions buddy !

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  4. VanillaSeven Says:

    I need to buy that fog machine so that beautiful girls always noticed me. Great tips Jason :)

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    Jason Christopher Reply:

    Hey buddy! Yes now is the perfect time to buy one too.

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  5. T. Rollans Says:

    Hi Jason,

    I just got a fog machine for Xmas and will be using it asap. So all tips are appreciated. Just wanted to say in general, really appreciate your blog, it is very good and helpful!!!!

    Keep up the great work!!!

    Tim

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    Jason Christopher Reply:

    Thank you Tim ! I apologize for such a late reply.

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  6. Sara Says:

    Hi,

    I want to work as your apprentice.
    -Sara

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  7. Toni Says:

    I really like the fog machine. It brings a really nice dramatic element
    Love this, alot.

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  8. Horatiu Says:

    Very nice .. a beautiful work

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