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Old 08-14-2008, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I purchased a fog machine at Spencers, and after reading all the fine print warnings, I was wondering if anyone had any tips or advice about them in the studio?

The warnings mention fire hazards, and other interesting things such as do not drink the fog juice (Darn.. I was needing a juice fix really bad...), but the only health related warning was about people who have asthma.

If anyone has any more information I would appreciate it.
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Re: Fog Machine question
Old 08-14-2008, 08:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Fog machine, if you have a hard floor like tile or even wood it may leave a light coat of ?? fog juice that may be a little slippery. I found just like real fog the light looks better from behind, under and over as opposed to straight into from the camera side. Color Gels make it look real cool. You can set the mood depending on the color.... So have fun don't get lost in the fog.

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Old 08-17-2008, 09:55 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Bill,

Thanks for the information. I have not had a chance to use the machine yet, so I appreciate the advice about using colored gels.
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Old 08-18-2008, 10:02 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I know you can get some really cool "rockstar" effects with one of those cheap fog machines (and a couple hot models).
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:52 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I know you can get some really cool "rockstar" effects with one of those cheap fog machines (and a couple hot models).


I am halfway there, then. All I need is the models.

I was going to ask you guys what happens if you use muslin (does it get wet, etc) , but I will soon know.
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I was going to ask you guys what happens if you use muslin (does it get wet, etc) , but I will soon know.
Filled the entire studio, including reception room, with fog. I had to turn on an exhaust fan from my old spray booth (in a back room of my studio) to clear it out. Oh my!! Test 2 will follow.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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OK Marty.

The fog seems to fill the entire room quickly and does not stay behind the subject, as in the photograph you posted.

I remember something about a "chiller" that will help keep the fog low and in one place. Anyone know about that?

As it is, the fog blasts out, but by the time I can get off one shot, it is like a haze all over the room.

Thanks.
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If you cool the fog, it'll stay lower to the floor, being denser. There's a "Halloween Haunted House" web site that has fairly detailed plans for creating such a cooler from a largish ice chest - but you need some dry ice to "power" the thing, as I recall. Basically, you put a couple of holes into the chest; one hole is connected with tubing to the fog machine, the other becomes the exit port. Put dry ice into the chest, and turn on the fog.
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jford,

Thanks,

I will search for this on the net.
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I found this - may be what you're looking for:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Make...hiller-for-10/
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