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Jun 21, 2011 15:05 |  #1

How do you make the pictures look crisper when dealing with a smoke machine? There was one at the wedding I shot last Friday. Framing and composition and all that are fine, but everything looks hazy. It's driving me nuts. Do I just leave it and hope they realize the haziness is due to the smoke?


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Jun 21, 2011 15:12 |  #2

Shooting thru the smoke will always give you a haze. There is no way around it. Putting a light behind the smoke will give you some awesome images however.


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Jun 21, 2011 15:21 |  #3

jcolman wrote in post #12633732 (external link)
Shooting thru the smoke will always give you a haze. There is no way around it. Putting a light behind the smoke will give you some awesome images however.

Oh yeah, got lots of those! Spotlight on the bride and her dad during the father/daughter dance through the haze.... it's gorgeous! I just wish it had been the bride and groom and not the bride and her dad.


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Jun 21, 2011 15:55 |  #4

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Oh yeah, got lots of those! Spotlight on the bride and her dad during the father/daughter dance through the haze.... it's gorgeous! I just wish it had been the bride and groom and not the bride and her dad.

I hear you. Sometimes it seems like my best "emotional" photos are of the bride and her dad instead of the bride and groom.


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Jun 21, 2011 16:24 |  #5

Bring down the shadows and darks tab (or the blacks) and boost contrast. This will take care of a lot of your "flat" issues.


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Jun 21, 2011 17:45 |  #6

Not sure which I hate more, smoke or colored lights!! Both have a negative effect on images. Personally, I let the couple know, the day of the wedding, that the images could be affected by either. That way, the end result is a decision made by the couple. I'll even go so far as to show them an image or two that has been hit.




  
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Jun 21, 2011 18:39 |  #7

images by Paul wrote in post #12634565 (external link)
Not sure which I hate more, smoke or colored lights!! Both have a negative effect on images. Personally, I let the couple know, the day of the wedding, that the images could be affected by either. That way, the end result is a decision made by the couple. I'll even go so far as to show them an image or two that has been hit.

Colored lights from DJ's are fine as long as you are not shooting with them over your shoulder. They can make really cool backlighting during dancing.


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Jun 22, 2011 03:10 |  #8

images by Paul wrote in post #12634565 (external link)
Not sure which I hate more, smoke or colored lights!! Both have a negative effect on images.

I love both. Both have an awesome effect on images.


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Jun 23, 2011 17:10 |  #9

cdifoto wrote in post #12637335 (external link)
I love both. Both have an awesome effect on images.

Agreed. Cheap DJ disco lights normally look pretty tacky... but when there's some haze it lights up the room and makes photos look very atmospheric.




  
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