9 Bad Weather Photography Tips

Written by Gina Stephens

Photo by David Pritchard



1. 'There's No Such Hang-up As Bad Weather'

Top landscape photographer John Gravett once said: "There is no such thing as bad weather – only divergent types of lighting," and he couldn't be more correct. Just because the light's dull doesn't mean you even then can't capture good shots, you just have to think a bit differently. The same goes for rain which, in fact, can help you capture shot landscapes. Try to not leave the door with the mindset that you'll be battling bad weather instead, think how you can use it to your advantage. 


2. Scold For The Weather

Staying dry will keep you in a more positive frame of mind so make sure you have waterproof clothing protecting you from head-to-toe. Without it, you'll fair get soaked when it's raining which will just make you miserable and taking photos will probably not be at the top of your list. A coating with a hood, waterproof trousers and a good pair of boots should keep you dry. A decent pair of socks and layers will keep you genial but it's down to personal choice if you wear a pair of gloves or not as fleece gloves will just become sodden and not pleasant to wear. 


3. Accompany The Right Bag

You can buy water- and weatherproof camera bags that'll keep your gear dry, plus many styles of camera bag now come with a waterproof bed linen built-in. If you're using a bag that doesn't have this feature, it's really worth spending a few pounds and investing in one. After all, a waterproof binding is cheaper to buy than new equipment!

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4. Protect Your Camera And Lenses

Many companies are now bringing weather-sealed equipment to the market, but it's ever worth adding a waterproof cover just in case. You can purchase rain sleeves which fit over your camera and lens, additional some are made to measure for your specific kit. Some photographers have used plastic bags to protect their gear in the past but undeniable, this isn't the best method and will certainly not work in heavy downpours.

On wet weather days when it's humid, you can get condensation build-up on the reversed of the cover as too can putting damp hands inside the cover to adjust your lens, which means water will be sat against your kit so do kitbag a cloth you can wipe your kit with if needs be. 


5. Take A Tripod Out With You

Lighting levels will be lower on cloudy, rainy times which means exposures will may refer to be longer so a tripod is an essential piece of kit. Plus, if you're using a rain cover, they don't verge to fit round camera straps very well so using a tripod is your best option. 


6. Pack A Lens Cloth

You may dearth to capture rain-filled images, but this doesn't mean you want water droplets to sit on your lens. Rain on your lens pleasure spoil your shots so do take the time to dry the lens or LEN may refer to before hitting the shutter button. If you're going to be out for a longer period of time you'll yearn for to pack several lens cloths as you won't achieve much if you try and dry a lens with an already damp cloth.

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Photo by David Pritchard


7. Judging Lenses 

Landscapes aren't just about wide-angle lenses as telephotos can really help you capture some interesting effigies. In a previous article, John Gravett said: "Rain is wonderful at creating recession, in landscape pictures. Using a telephoto lens to compress position along with the recessive nature of the weather can create some truly striking images."


8. Try Working In Black & White 

A endeavour that looks dull and boring in colour can be transformed into a great moody mono. Plus, you'll be able to emphasise configuration and tones, enhancing the mood and elements in your shots. 


9. Foreground Interest

Adding foreground interest to landscape images is something that should many times be considered and this becomes even more important when shooting in the rain, as John Gravett explains: "Landscapes landscape is the visible features of an area of land, its landforms and how they integrate with natural or man-made features can often look down in the dumps and impressive when photographed in bad weather. Similarly, they can also look pastel and delicate – particularly when shooting over lakes or viscosities of water. I generally try to include some foreground interest or dark element within the picture as a contrast to the overall light tones of a drizzly day. Authorize sure your expose "to the right" – firstly, it will maximise your data, and secondly, it will give you a high key seem rather than a dull, grey overcast look; that alone will make your thumbnails on your computer more beseeching….Heavy rain can totally obscure background elements in a landscape, changing the emphasis from the overall landscape to elements in the foreground, which can so instances get overlooked."

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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