Adding Fog to Your Image in Lightroom

Let it be known that the real title for this tutorial should be “How to create fog when you’re too lazy to wake up early and capture it the correct way, in-camera”

1. Capture the perfect setting. Envision the fog before you take the picture. This will help complete your final vision. I chose a pond that regularly has fog, so it was easier to picture the final product. Here is my SOOC…

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2. Create an overall haze. Nothing is very clear on a foggy day, so slide your dehaze to the negative.

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3. Add realistic depth to the fog. The deeper you look into fog, the thicker it seems. Sometimes, fog collects in pockets, high and low. Create depth by adding brush strokes throughout the image. In this series of images, I added fog behind and around the tree, sitting over the water, and in the sky (not shown, but important to remove the blue sky).

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4. Add a sense of environment. The day was cold, so I wanted that to come across through my editing. I gathered some inspiration from Caroline’s recent tutorial on creative vignettes to give the final image a colder, yet still autumnal feel.

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5. VOILA! We have fog! No need to wake up early anymore… take that, weather!

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