5Em­brace bad weather

Too in­clement to go out shoot­ing? Change your out­look for moody re­sults

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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!

Francesco Richardo

Fram­ing an im­age with sum­mer flow­ers in the fore­ground will draw the eye into a moody scene

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