5 Keys to Getting Brilliant Landscape Images in Horrible Weather

Do you struggle to get high-quality landscape images when the weather is bad and the light's poor? Here, we look at five important things you can do to get amazing landscape photos in horrible weather conditions.

You've marked the day on your calendar, prepared your gear, polished your lenses, and you're ready to get out into nature and capture scenes from a location you've been scouting for months. Then, the day arrives and the weather's horrible — not just slightly inclement with a bit of cloud cover and a few drops of rain, but ugly. It's the kind of ugly that makes you want to stay at home with a hot chocolate and a big tub of ice-cream and your hand holding the Netflix remote. Forget that, because you can rescue your plans and still get stunning landscape images when the weather's not your friend. How?

That question brings us to this great video from Expressive Photography, which runs you through a bunch of tips and techniques you can employ to use the weather to your advantage. The one that resonated with me the most was about mindset: enjoy the elements. You might scoff, but I honestly believe it. I shoot a lot of ocean photography, often using a water housing in the surf, and there have been days where I had to force myself outside because of the poor conditions. But I've almost always found that the wilder the conditions, the more interesting shots I come up with. You have to enjoy the challenge. Benn gives a lot of other great tips, many of them technical, so give the video a look and let me know your thoughts.

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Iain Stanley is an Associate Professor teaching photography and composition in Japan. Fstoppers is where he writes about photography, but he's also a 5x Top Writer on Medium, where he writes about his expat (mis)adventures in Japan and other things not related to photography. To view his writing, click the link above.

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