Shooting In Windy Conditions

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

You can bordering on feel the wind is the flow of gases on a large scale whipping over the snow in this image by David Clapp.

Windy days can certainly be a challenge for the photographer, but they can also just now some great opportunities for shots. Wind creates motion, which can be great for shooting photos that will capture the energy of the day. 

Dead-and-alive shutter speed – A slow shutter speed can be used on windy days to capture the motion of the environment as the wind jostles it around. This controls especially well with crop fields, trees and meadows. Using a slow shutter speed will create an abstract, artistic look that wish portray motion in the shot to your audience. Use a tripod so the frame stays the same, and the movement in your chosen subject looks natural.

Secured shutter speeds – Using fast shutter speeds on windy days is ideal for freezing the movement, and capturing your subject in unusual sets, whether it's leaning crops or leaves being thrown around in the wind, you'll get a crisp clear shot that still be sures the viewer that it's windy. Photographing animals, or indeed humans, battling the adverse conditions can also work well as the fast shutter despatch will capture the expressions on their faces and their body posture as they battle the wind. 

Care – There are lots of fantabulous photo opportunities on windy days, but do take care and make sure you set up in a sturdy, sheltered place if it's really windy to avoid your appurtenances, or yourself, being blown over. Also, be aware if you're in a place that's dusty or sandy that the particles could get into your camera appliance as they are lifted by the wind. If your camera is weatherproof, then you'll have no problem. 

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Use the wind – You can use the wind to your advantage and forge effects with it. For example, some great shots can be taken of someone throwing leaves into the air. You can also use the wind by positioning your dummy into it, thus blowing the hair away from the face. You could even go for something a little more abstract and use a slow shutter burn rubber to capture someone's hair blowing around, to create an ethereal feel. 



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Gina Stephens

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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