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Photographer’s Lifestyle – Are You a Fair-Weather Photographer? (preview)

By Roy Ramsay

Boathouse in a Snow Storm, Algonquin, ON Gear/Settings: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens, ƒ8@1/60 sec., ISO 100

Boathouse in a Snow Storm, Algonquin, ON
Gear/Settings: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens, ƒ8@1/60 sec., ISO 100

Shooting during the magic hour is something we discuss much of the time. That beautiful, warm light is so engaging that we should take advantage of it as often as we can. But bad weather happens, and for many, we pack up our gear and head for shelter, potentially losing the opportunity for great shots. How many of you have risen for sunrise and looked outside to see storm clouds coming in, or rain hitting your window pane, or snow blowing and the wind howling and inevitably head back to the warm pillow and sheets? I would hazard a guess that most of us do this and miss out. Inclement weather does not necessarily mean the photo shoot is a bust, but rather it may be a matter of redefining your subject matter for your morning shoot.

The skies may not give you the glorious colour, but when the sky is overcast it acts like a giant light diffuser or soft box, making the light very even and appealing for many types of subject matter.

To read more of Roy’s column about shooting in inclement weather conditions such as snow, fog and rain please pick up the Winter 2016 issue #36 of OPC. To read more articles from our other pro shooters please SUBSCRIBE today!

 

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