6 Steps to Create a Haze Effect in Photos

I was recently asked how I achieve haze in my photos. Creating a haze effect in your photos is probably easier than you think :O) Don’t forget to remove any lens guard you may have since one of it’s job is to prevent haze.

1. Find the sun. Unfortunately, it would be really hard to achieve haze in your photo without some great sun.

2. Position your subject in front of the sun. You want the sun to be in or near by your shot.

3. Shield your lens with your hand. You want to cover your lens like you are shielding your eyes from the sun. Just use your hand and place it on the side of your lens so that the sun isn’t pouring in.

4. Meter off your subject while your hand is shielding the sun. Trust this metering once you have removed your hand.

5. Focus on your subject. Sometimes it is hard to lock focus once you have removed your hand.

6. Remove your hand and let the light spill in.

**If for whatever reason you have more haze in your picture than you would like, you can correct it in post-processing by adding more “black” to your photo. Thank you to Laurie for teaching me that valuable trick!

Go out and have fun with the sun :O)

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  1. Lovely!! I think the haze effect is so pretty and fun.

  2. Great tips – I can’t wait to play around with them.

  3. Haha! Thanks for the shout out! :) We are all in this learning together! One way to add some haze in PS is to do a solid color fill layer in a light tone (white, off white, pale yellow, etc) and then change that layer to screen. I’m sure there are other ways also…but I found that out by accident. :)

  4. Same might have a play around today. I live in WA Australia :-)

  5. I love that you posted this, because my SOOC shot for shoot and edit is a haze shot of Bennett. I will be posting the SOOC shot tomorrow and the edited version on Thursday. So it’s funny, because my “What I Learned” was going to be haze and backlighting.

    I am in my final week of Natural Light and it has been great. I am bummed that I have not got to do Silhouette shots yet, bc the hubster has been out of town. Hopefully, I will get them down tomorrow, so I can turn them in by Tuesday.

  6. can’t wait to enter the top 5!!! thanks for all the work you put into this website -
    i look forward to your post’s everyday!

  7. nice I like this, I am going to try it when we get some sun around these parts. ;)

  8. What a great and simple technique! I can’t wait to try it. :D

  9. If you were shooting a sunrise shot, would you need something to protect the lens? because of course you would be pointing the lens right at the sun.

  10. avatar Brenda Gallant :

    Thank you so much for all your great tips ! Photography is the best thing I have discovered in years.. but also very frustrating at times …Just when i think i get it …I DONT !….so so Much to learn and practice so thanks again your site is of great help ! :)

  11. I can’t wait to try this. Thank you so much!

  12. Thank you very much, I really appreciate all the information you share!

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