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Little Picture Studio
(818) 341-0001
8363 Reseda Blvd Ste 8
Northridge, CA
 
Paul Landry Photography
(818) 399-6899
7709 Lubao Ave
Winnetka, CA
 
Ultimate Image Photography
(818) 708-8300
6860 Canby Ave Ste 108
Reseda, CA
 
R & D Photography
(818) 999-4882
22321 Criswell St
Woodland Hills, CA
 
Andeamo Video & Photography
(818) 883-5300
21241 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA
 
Abbas Photography & Video
(818) 700-0189
8465 Calvin Ave
Northridge, CA
 
Aartistic Wedding Photography
(818) 456-7001
Canoga Park, CA
 
Larry Pollock Photography
(818) 883-6097
21550 Oxnard St Ste 300
Woodland Hills, CA
 
Moments To Remember
(818) 713-9433
5309 Comercio Way
Woodland Hills, CA
 
Henry Gold Wedding Photography
(818) 783-1302
17140 Weddington St
Encino, CA
 

Five Ways to Shoot Good Photos in Bad Weather

Five Ways To Shoot Good Photos in Bad Weather - 12/15/08

Change your Tactics With the Weather to Get Great Pictures.

You’ve got a day of outdoor shooting planned, and you’ve been looking forward to it for a while. Then on the morning of the big day there’s bad news: the weather isn’t cooperating. You were hoping for a sunny day of comfortable hiking and photographing. Now you’re faced with a dreary day, or a rainy day, or a windy day, or any number of other less-than-ideal days that Mother Nature has a knack for throwing your way when you’re not ready. So now what?

A lesser photographer may just say forget it and stay inside cleaning the gear, organizing the camera bag or just curling up for a nap. But you’re a dedicated photographer, and you’ve been looking forward to this day. No lousy weather is going to stand between you and a great shot. Go out anyway! Now you have an opportunity lesser photographers don’t: you can shoot in the interesting conditions that the weather has delivered just for you.

1. Overcast. If you’ve planned a day of autumn landscape photography you probably anticipated sunny skies and vibrant colored leaves. So on days when the weather’s dreary you’ve got to adjust your thinking. Realize that an overcast sky is often ideal for “quiet” landscape photographs.

Soft light means the skies and vistas may not be quite as bold, so focus in on the details and see what you can find. Look for downed leaves or detailed patterns in nature. In summer months, look to highlight large swaths of vegetation that are rendered nearly shadowless thanks to the flat sky. With the lower-contrast effects of shooting on a hazy day, shadows won’t be so bold and contrasty so you can see more details than normal. Graphic shadow-oriented compositions will be much harder to find today, but compositions that are geared toward softer, calmer effects are bound to work better on cloudy days. Start searching with that in mind.

2. Rain. Once you’ve taken care of protecting yourself and your gear from the water, imagine the possibilities that an atmosphere full of fast-moving water drops can add to your shots. Look for locations that will allow you to set up under some sort of protection—be it a dense tree canopy or even a building’s overhang—and try to shoot toward the light source. Backlit raindrops are a natural hit, but the typically hazy conditions of rainy days make them that much more of a challenge to find. If you see an opportunity—sun clearing after a shower, for example—make the most of that quickly changing dramatic light. And don’t forget about the optical and reflective qualities of water. Close-ups of droplets create amazing patterns, and they act like little lenses themselves. Wet leaves and rocks are bound to provide a different look than the typical detail shot on a drier day. Remember that water’s surface “sees” everything via reflection, so use that to your advantage.

3. Fog. Somewhe...

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