Bad Weather Landscape Tips
Join ePHOTOzine, the friendliest photography community.
Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more for free!
|Category:||Landscape and Travel|
Autumn Shoots In Bad Weather - Don't let a bad weather forecast put you off shooting landscapes this October.
Find Some ColourWhen shooting on dull days, colour will 'pop' from the grey, stormy sky and add much needed interest to your shot. It could be a block of colour such as a wide shot of a forest decorated with autumnal shades or a smaller colourful focus point such as a single tree or even a leaf snapped in your own back garden. If you want to enhance the sky, try fitting a ND Grad Filter to the front of your lens.
Be In The Right Place At The Right TimeIf you're heading out, it's worth noting down a few locations you know will look great in this sort of weather so when the low winter sun does break through and adds a stream of light to your scene, you're there and ready to take the shot. This could mean you end up setting up when the rain's still falling which means you need to protect yourself and more importantly your gear from the elements. Pack a waterproof cover, keep your gear in your camera bag for as long as possible and have a lens cloth to hand to wipe any drops that fall on your lens. If your camera is waterproof or splashproof, like the OM-D E-M1, the wet weather shouldn't bother it too much but once you're home, remember to unpack your gear and leave it out to dry fully. Another bonus of working just after it's rained is everything looks naturally more saturated because it's wet.
White BalanceInstead of shooting with auto white balance, which can remove some of the punch the autumn shades have, try setting it manually so the colours are as vibrant as you can make them. Then, if you want to give the shot more punch, you can always adjust the image during post-production.
Photo by David Clapp - www.davidclapp.co.uk