As I was looking over these photos I came up with the idea for this blog post. Many times we think of cameras and lenses and possible strobe lighting as photography equipment. As we get a little more involved we might start to add filters to the camera bag. There might be some softboxes or light umbrellas. But we still have stuff that is decidedly photography related. It is all stuff that is marketed as photography equipment. But are there other things that photographers might need that you would not initially think of as photography equipment?
The fog will also allow you to separate the subject from the background. It is sort of a special effects equivalent to a shallow depth of field. Along with what it does for the photograph itself, you have the advantage that it will add atmosphere to the shoot that the model and photographer will both feed off of. It is sort of like playing music during the shoot. The environment will help feel the creative energies.
The first photo in this blog, the steampunk shot, was the setup I was going for with Andrea, when I saw Katie in her outfit for a shoot with another photographer. Because I saw the hall with the lights and the steam I was starting to focus a lot on the look. I suddenly had the idea that Katie would look incredible in the hall with the lighting and fog too. So she was gracious enough to spend 15 minutes to let me photograph her too, and the results were beyond my initial vision even. As I showed both her and Angela photos on the back of the camera as I was shooting them they got very excited with the results and the energy level went up and we were able to get even better shots. Had I waited till later to photoshop in the fog we would have not had the energy increase.
The one thing I wish is that I would have gotten a larger fog machine. Not knowing anything about them I had gotten the smallest quality one I could find on Amazon. It works OK, but at times we had to work a bit to get it to fill the space enough for getting good shots. This was especially true when we were in the factory that I did the Steampunk and Middle Eastern dancer shots. So eventually I am sure I will be getting a much larger one. But in the meantime I am loving it.
So as you develop your photography make sure you start to think about things beyond just the traditional photography equipment as you take your photography to the next level!