A couple weeks ago we did a DIY project to enhance shoots using fog and haze. Brian Kaylor, The Elusive Panda, did a fantastic job of not only converting an old cooler into a fog chiller, but also of filming and editing this video.
My original goal was to do a shoot using low lying fog. As you can see in the video, when you are using just haze, it tends to dissipate quickly and spread around the studio. I wanted the fog to stay closer to the ground to give the photos a more mysterious and darker feel.
We found a lot of videos on YouTube about building a fog chiller, but most of them were centered around using them for Halloween or concerts. Or they spent most of their time talking about the build and not about practical applications. We reversed that. This video only spends a little bit of time on the build, while giving priority to how the fog can be used, what works and what doesn’t.
This was the first time we used this, so what you are seeing is raw footage of us working through the creative process, trying different techniques and ways to use the fog.
Leave a message in the comments on ideas you have for ways to use this in your next shoot.
Be sure to check out The Elusive Panda to see more great videos and techniques.
You can view the models on Instagram: @aliceivesofficial @violentlavenderburlesque @daria_of_dallas