USE THE WEATHER TO ADD MOOD AND DRAMA

Learn to love storms, gales and fog by be­ing pre­pared for what­ever comes your way

Digital Camera World - - COVER STORY -

Pro­duc­ing moody, dra­matic land­scapes means that you and your gear will be out in de­mand­ing

con­di­tions. To pro­tect your cam­era, you can buy rain cov­ers such as those from Man­frotto or Storm Jacket for shoot­ing when it’s rain­ing. But a sim­pler DIY ap­proach of us­ing a large, strong plas­tic bag (such as a bin liner or a rub­ble sack) to cover the cam­era dur­ing the rain, then sim­ply un­cov­er­ing it while you take a shot works per­fectly well for all but the most ex­treme con­di­tions.

My other bad-weather kit al­ways in­cludes lens clean­ing cloths, mi­crofi­bre tow­els for dry­ing the out­side of the cam­era, a good water­proof coat and trousers, and a flask of hot cof­fee.

MINI MAL CO MPOSI TION Plac­ing the land­scape to the bot­tom of the frame al­lows the tex­tures and de­tail in the sky to be­come the main fo­cal point of the im­age.

CLOUD DE TAIL The rain sweep­ing across the clouds is the dom­i­nant fea­ture of this shot, so I made sure that I kept plenty of de­tail in the sky to em­pha­sise their im­pact. LIGH TING As there were breaks in the cloud near the sun, I waited for the light to break through and il­lu­mi­nate the moun­tains and the sky.

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