3 Suggestions for Shooting Photos in Weather
Clouds make skies much more interesting, especially during the golden hour and at sunset. They liven up the sky with interesting details. At sunset, they turn into the most beautiful things you’ve ever seen. Light reflects off their sides and, as the sun sets, it shines up to illuminate them from below.
Do yourself a favor. When clouds are out, get your camera ready.
Working in the snow
Shooting in the snow is completely different than running around in shorts and a t-shirt in the summer taking pictures of the lake. It’s cold, windy, possibly wet, and can be hard to walk around in. Depending on the conditions, it can even be dangerous. Make sure to bundle up with the appropriate protective gear for yourself and your camera.
If you’re alone, tell people where you’re going and when you expect to be back. Be careful not to get hurt or lost, and make sure your phone is charged and you have service if you need to make an emergency call.
And yet, snow is magical. You’ll get stunning photos in the winter that aren’t possible to capture at any other time of the year. Snow reduces overall contrast but can reveal details normally hidden.
The scene shown is of a rather mundane path leading off into the trees. There is a fenced-in area to the left. In the summer, this particular location doesn’t seem all that special. In the winter, with the trees and fence covered in snow, it’s marvelous. The cool thing about being in a snowstorm is that everything looks different.
At times you need to be careful when processing these scenes so that you don’t let contrast get too high. Here, the photographer toned it down a bit so that the dark areas of the trees didn’t make the photo look too aggressive.
Fog is wonderful to shoot in, the same way snowy days and some cloudy conditions are. Fog blocks direct sunlight, and replaces it with a diffuse glow of its own. Fog acts like a giant diffuser on the sun. It’s a chance for you to enjoy shooting in low contrast conditions.
The figure is a case in point. It was just past 9:00 in the morning, but you can’t tell that. The fog blankets the entire scene. It’s lovely.