How to Get Creative When the Weather Is Terrible

I'm writing this from Ohio, where the weather is currently terrible. It was terrible yesterday, and it's forecast to be terrible tomorrow. If you've ever been foiled by bad weather, this video is for you.

I wasn't kidding about the weather. My brand new Phantom 4 Pro is sitting in its bag because the precipitation has been coming down nonstop. If you're a landscape photographer, you've undoubtedly dealt with such days, and while the temptation to pack it in, go home, and marathon "New Girl" is strong, you can still salvage the day. Marathon "New Girl" later. In all seriousness, notice how Tim Berry challenges himself to get a shot every 20 minutes to ensure he doesn't give up on the day, but also loosens the objective from purely landscape photography to landscapes (which he adjusts to a more minimalistic style), street, still life, and even self-portraits. He surely ended up with a much more diverse set of shots than if he had had good weather, and the 20-minute exercise was clearly useful for expanding the eye. I'm planning on trying it myself the next time I have a long drive. If you'd like to really master about landscape photography, be sure to check out our own Photographing The World: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi!

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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always tough for us. I get so jealous of people who live in beautiful locations all year round (and not just for photography). but at the same time i think it forces to us to try harder and really dissect our environment and find the hidden gems. which personally I think makes us see things differently. as someone who mainly shoots portraits I feel like i'm always challenged with not just bad weather but terrible ugly locations, and having the ability to break down a location into small chunks and see what makes it interesting is a must. I still have a long way to go with this, but I feel like i've come a long way in the last few years and continue to grow.

Ohio friend! I totally agree; it's really taught to milk an environment for every perspective, shot, etc. I think living here has actually been tremendously beneficial to my eye.

But there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes... ;-)

Good sir, nary a week ago, a tornado touched down 5 miles from me at 11 a.m., and by 6 p.m., there were two inches of snow on the ground. *That* is bad weather. ;)

The other day I woke up and it had snowed some 21 inches during the night. No wind tho.

I liked his philosophy but making it a strict 20 minute interval was a little silly. Although, making a game of it that way might make it easier to reinforce the philosophy. :-)

Yep the British weather can be a constant challenge. Although my D810 is suposed to be reasonably weathertight, it was damaged the last time I used it at the coast as there was a high wind and very moist air (fine spray). The camera didn't det directly wet, but it was enough to cause a problem. Also the flat face of the Lee filter I wanted to use collected a film of damp salty deposit and water droplets which meant I couldn't use it. It has made me hesitant to try it again in such conditions, but when you've set off for the coast at 5am you often don't know what the weather will be like in Dorset (UK).

I saw you mention Dorset and looked at your profile, so weird I live so close to Sherborne.