5 types of weather and how they af­fect your im­ages

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High pres­sure gen­er­ally gives calm, set­tled con­di­tions, but it can also pro­duce mist and

fog, par­tic­u­larly early on. Th­ese are per­fect con­di­tions for more at­mo­spheric and ethe­real im­ages. In con­trast, low pres­sure pro­duces change­able weather. This can be more chal­leng­ing to shoot, but as long as there are some breaks in the rain and cloud, you are likely to en­counter amaz­ing cloud for­ma­tions and dra­matic light­ing.

1 Mist and fog Cre­ate an­other world

The ethe­real veil of mist or fog across the land­scape is per­fect for adding mys­tery and in­trigue to your land­scapes. It usu­ally oc­curs early in the morn­ing, when there is a high-pres­sure sys­tem. Shoot­ing inside the mist will re­duce the land­scape to a few graphic el­e­ments.

2 Fair-weather cloud Seek out hid­den drama

Al­though they can be beau­ti­ful, th­ese con­di­tions can pro­duce the least dra­matic im­ages, es­pe­cially dur­ing the mid­dle of the day. But you can add drama by con­vert­ing your im­ages to black and white to add con­trast to both the sky and land­scape in your im­ages.

3 Wind­less skies Cap­ture reflections

Gen­er­ally as­so­ci­ated with high-pres­sure sys­tems, days with­out wind are per­fect for cre­at­ing more serene and calm land­scapes. It’s the per­fect time to cap­ture reflections in lakes and still wa­ter, while at dawn and dusk there are of­ten sub­tle tones and colours in the sky.

4 Snow and ice Shoot pris­tine pic­tures

Snow and ice can trans­form al­most any land­scape into a win­ter won­der­land, but you still need to search out the right lo­ca­tions and com­po­si­tions to cre­ate strik­ing im­ages. Shoot­ing while snow is fall­ing can cre­ate a more som­bre mood, while clearer skies are more wel­com­ing.

5 Storms Record the ul­ti­mate in drama

The moody, men­ac­ing skies of a storm front pass­ing over the land­scape are per­fect for cre­at­ing the most dra­matic shots. Th­ese are also the most likely con­di­tions for cap­tur­ing the drama of light­ning or huge, crash­ing waves which will add even more ex­cite­ment to your land­scapes.

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