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    Editing Fog Photos

    Editing Fog Photos
    Can anyone recommend videos or suggestions on how to edit photos that already have fog in them? Every time I've attempted editing fog photos, they wind up looking like haze. There are a number of tutorials on how to add fog to a clear photo, but I haven't found one that will address the problem I keep running into. Here is an example from today.

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    Re: Editing Fog Photos

    Editing Fog Photos
    Quote Originally Posted by hark View Post
    Can anyone recommend videos or suggestions on how to edit photos that already have fog in them? Every time I've attempted editing fog photos, they wind up looking like haze. There are a number of tutorials on how to add fog to a clear photo, but I haven't found one that will address the problem I keep running into. Here is an example from today.

    Editing Fog Photos-_dsc0540-low-res.jpg
    Cindy, I like it the way it has come out. There is a nice mood to the scene. I’m not sure what you are looking to achieve but maybe reducing the highlights might change the haze look to a more foggy look.
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    Re: Editing Fog Photos


    Is this what u r looking for? Dehaze in lightroom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikonpup View Post

    Is this what u r looking for? Dehaze in lightroom.

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    I know that option is there, but it just makes the photo look hazy rather than like fog. I didn't add any dehaze to mine - the fog in the background was present. It's just that all my legit fog photos look hazy. There has got to be something that can make fog look more wispy (if that's the term I'm looking for).

    Here is another one from today. Perhaps I added too much contrast to the section that's clear. But the sky simply looks hazy although in person it looked like fog. I don't know if 'depth' is the term I'm looking for, but the sky doesn't have any depth. With fog quite often you can see areas that are thicker than others - however, none of that shows up in the sky.

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    Re: Editing Fog Photos

    I think the problem you have here is that you have both fog and haze. That said, the + side of the contrast slider is the enemy of shots like this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorArts View Post
    I think the problem you have here is that you have both fog and haze. That said, the + side of the contrast slider is the enemy of shots like this.
    Thanks, Jake. I will go through it again and see what I can do.
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    Re: Editing Fog Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorArts View Post
    I think the problem you have here is that you have both fog and haze. That said, the + side of the contrast slider is the enemy of shots like this.
    For photographic purposes what is the difference? Haze is defined has dry particles suspended in air and fog as moisture, both act as a diffuser creating soft light and obscure detail.

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    Re: Editing Fog Photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    For photographic purposes what is the difference? Haze is defined has dry particles suspended in air and fog as moisture, both act as a diffuser creating soft light and obscure detail.
    In both of mine, there are areas where the fog is thicker than other areas. Areas like that were more visible to my eye, but a lot of the fog captured simply appears as haze. To me haze is more uniform while fog has splotches where some areas look more like clouds or are less transparent. I guess I'm just going to have to add fog to certain areas to make images appear more like how they really looked.

    And I will keep Jake's comment about contrast in mind when I do it.
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    Re: Editing Fog Photos

    I think to bring out the different densities of the fog requires going negative on the contrast. That tends to make the rest of the photo look like a haze in a cheap lens.

    It could help to duplicate the image as a 2nd layer, then layer mask that and adjust the fog contrast separate from the rest of the image.
    Last edited by BF Hammer; 02-28-2021 at 06:59 PM. Reason: new idea

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    Re: Editing Fog Photos

    OK, here is my quick attempt at it with GIMP. I duplicated the image as a 2nd layer and made a 3rd layer that I desaturated to monochrome and copied that to use as a layer mask for the 2nd layer. The variable is how much contrast you add to the layer mask, then reduce the contrast of the upper layer to make the fog have more luminance variation. The higher-contrast subject of the lower layer shows through due to the layer mask.

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