How to Shoot Landscape Photography in Bad Weather

When you see great landscape photos, you probably notice that most of them show scenes lit by gorgeous sun and graced by beautiful weather, but of course, the reality is that the weather does not always cooperate that much, and for many of us, it rarely does. This excellent video discusses the importance of embracing poor weather as a landscape photographer.

Coming to you from Steve O'Nions, this great video talks about the importance of learning to work with bad weather as opposed to working around it or avoiding it entirely. While sunshine and partly cloudy skies are what we would all love to head out into, conditions do not always cooperate. And certainly, it can be less pleasant to trudge through wind and rain, but these conditions can often create more interesting photos, particularly since we are used to seeing something else. I think it is important to learn not to try to recreate nicer conditions when the weather is not cooperating; rather, we should embrace what we're given and make photos that show off the environment. Check out the video above to see what O'Nions did.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi." 

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4 Comments

Been There Done That.

Was expecting a bit less running commentary and a bit more tips. Guess I'll just have to learn through trial and error.

There's a catch 22 in giving away tips within the art & photography world. In fact this type of tip giving has been also restrained in the jewelry making world. No one and I mean no one wants to give away these tips or tricks because of fear that who ever they give these tricks to will make better items or images etc. This is one reason I'm stiff lip when it come to many most of my projects. But on the image above, I can say this. I was using a kodak easyshere. Placed it on the roof our our car on a small sand bag then held a red filter in front of the lens, it was foggy and raining and that's it.

Sorry, I wasn't clear that my response was to the video clip at the top, rather than your picture... which I really like.

To your larger point, my opinion (worth every cent you paid for it, LOL), is that if I tell folks how I got a given pic and they make a better picture than I did, then it's up to me to up my own game.

YMMV, of course.