Monday, August 6, 2012
Inclement Weather Photography
Bad weather can make for good photography, but there are things you should know before braving the elements
The sound of the alarm signals the coming of a new day. As its annoyance persists, the simultaneous pitter patter of raindrops paints a frown on your face. Today was the day you were psyched for early morning light to bathe your subject. Don't despair. Successful shots can me made when inclement weather conditions exist.
There are two main concerns that need to be addressed when shooting in snow. The cold temporarily drains batteries of their charge. Always carry spares and swap them as necessary. Additionally, keep the camera inside your jacket when you're not making pictures as it allows body heat to offset the draining effect. Proper exposure is the other concern. Snow can trick the meter and try to make your picture darker than it should be. Check your histogram and blinkies to be sure you get a wide range of tones but not clip either end. Use exposure compensation to darken or lighten the exposure accordingly. Make sure to reset the compensation to zero when you're done.
FOG: Fog is a condition that can net moody and ethereal images. Foreground subjects becomes dominant while background elements recede into a wash of mist. The effect is both soothing and peaceful. Camera care concerns parallel those of shooting in the rain. Be sure to keep the camera and lens dry and periodically wipe them down with a towel. Don't let the gray, cold, frost and mist get you down. Many memorable images await those who venture out into the "Land of Inclemency" armed with camera and determination.
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