5Embrace bad weather
Too inclement to go out shooting? Change your outlook for moody results
There’s no such thing as bad weather (for landscape photography, at least). Even in the rain, it’s possible to capture stunning images that still have a hint of summer about them. Try to include seasonal clues in the foreground of your images, such as floral details or vegetation. Poppies and sunflowers are quintessential summer blooms which will add a bold splash of colour. Despite its sunny disposition, the summer season also has a darker side – thunderstorms. Lightning presents dynamic photo opportunities, but only if you can capture it quickly enough. The specific camera settings needed depend on the time of day and your location, but as a general rule, set your lens to manual focus and focus it at infinity. In Bulb mode, start with an aperture of around f/16 and ISO of 100. Then, keep the shutter open long enough to capture the strike!
Framing an image with summer flowers in the foreground will draw the eye into a moody scene