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photosbyvito Nov 27, 2004 1:58 PM

hey guys...

i had an idea today...i looked up some prices for smoke machines...and i found one (low output...don't need a big one) for 40 bucks...

does anyone have any experience with smoke machines?

lol, this does have to do with, i'm gonna use it for effect in shots...

if you have had experience...wat is "Fog Juice"...i hope i don't have to spend 20 bucks a gallon to use it...

ok, any replies will be greatly appreciated :)



EricW Nov 27, 2004 2:48 PM

Drop a piece of dry ice in a glass of water if you want cheap "fog"

photosbyvito Nov 27, 2004 3:04 PM

thanks i'll try it :)


MrPogo Nov 27, 2004 8:02 PM

All I know is that when band's are using them onstage it makes photographing them next to impossible ;):mad:

Steve K Nov 28, 2004 10:39 AM

I bought one a few months back at Michael's, a craft store. List $30 but I had a store coupon for half off. I also bought a couple of quarts of the liquid, I think $6 list but I had more coupons ... It works pretty well - I used it at Halloween to create some atmosphere in our small courtyard when the kids rang the bell, along with weird lighting, strange critter sculptures and spooky music. :shock:

The good news is the liquid seems to last a long time (unlike printer cartridges, grumble, grumble). The downside is that there is not a timed release, I have to hit a button to get fog (although the button IS on a cable so it can be a short distance away). Still, for photo or video effects, its worth a try.

photosbyvito Nov 28, 2004 4:26 PM

ohh..michael's! i'll have to check them out

thanks :) good to hear the liquid lasts...i might've had to make my own if it burnt like


PeterP Nov 28, 2004 9:54 PM

I bought one forHalloween last year :-)great fun, but the smoke unless chilled rises quickly outdoors in the cool air. (I found all kinds of websites on how to make smoke chillers, basically picnic coolers filled with dry ice and a dryer vent hose through them :-) ) Also found sites with recipes for making the fog juice, but all warn the the stuff needs to be matched to the fog machines heaters and if wrong can cause clogging.

And as Steve K says the stuff does last a while, I got 2 quarts with the machine last year and I think I still have 1.5 quarts left.

photosbyvito Nov 28, 2004 10:50 PM

oh cool!

this will mainly (if not always) be used inside, so rising won't be a huge'll just get stuck on the ceiling lol

thanks for all your input i really appreciate it!


bradg Nov 29, 2004 10:12 AM

DISCLAIMER: i have never owned or operated a for machine, so anything i say is probably wrong.....

you might want to be carefull, if the fog is oilbased, it could leave a filmy layer on your lens....

photosbyvito Nov 29, 2004 10:47 AM

hmm...good point brad...i'll check that out too


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