Don’t Let Bad Weather Keep Your Camera Tucked Away

Foggy weather photography

Here in the northern hemisphere, it's winter. And where I am right now - it's very winter. Miserable stuff that snow. Except when you have a camera in your hand.

Then it's a playground. The landscape takes on a very different look, colours become monochrome, crystals form, fog moves in on cat's paws (to quote a poem we learned in high school), rain creates incredible reflections and clouds create wonderful patterns.

When the weather stops being sunny, some of the best opportunities for great photos come around.

A couple of hints for you. Cloudy, rainy, snowy, foggy days all have low contrast and will fool a camera meter to make the picture darker than the scene actually is. Increase your exposure by about one and a half stops to compensate.

Night photos require longer exposures, grab a tripod or place the camera on a sturdy support. If you can set the self-timer you'll get even sharper images, especially with dSLR's because the mirror in the camera won't be moving at the time of the exposure.

 

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3 thoughts on “Don’t Let Bad Weather Keep Your Camera Tucked Away”

  1. What about protecting your camera from the elements during winter? I take pictures of my son skating or tobogganing and this winter we start skiing with him. But I’m always afraid that the cold and moisture would damage my camera (Nikon D90 – oldie but goodie). Any suggestions?

    1. That’s a great question and thank you for bringing it up. The two biggest issues with cold are battery life and condensation when you go back inside.

      On really cold days I’d be brave and wear several layers so that I could keep my camera inside my coat between shots. Hand warmer gel packs inside the camera bag can also work well for that.

      When returning home leave the camera inside the bag – or at very least do not remove the lens cap – until everything is warmed back up. This prevents condensation from forming, especially on the lens.

      By the way – for wet weather you can get these:

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