Stop letting bad weather prevent you from making great photography

Nov 12, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Stop letting bad weather prevent you from making great photography

Nov 12, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The weather here in the UK isn’t particularly great right now. To be fair, it’s rarely all that great here, but at this time of the year, it’s even more wet, windy and colder than ever. It’s uncomfortable weather. It puts many people off wanting to head outdoors with their cameras. But bad weather can actually make for some of the best photographs.

Landscape photographer Chris Sale set out to prove this theory by heading out into England’s Lake District to shoot landscapes in some pretty unpleasant conditions. In this video, he talks about the challenges of shooting in these conditions and why you might want to do it too.

I’ve always quite liked the bad weather days for landscape photography. They can make for some very dramatic and moody skies. And the best bit of all is that if it’s a place that’s normally packed full of tourists, they’re usually completely void of other people, because who’s mad enough to go out in that weather?

Photographers. That’s who! Although not many of them.

Chris mentions in the video that his gear isn’t particularly well weather sealed. This is a valid issue that is going to cause some of you to want to avoid the worst of the weather or even stay home completely. But even without fully weather sealed cameras and lenses, there are still plenty of opportunities to shoot in less than perfect weather that can result in some great images.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “Stop letting bad weather prevent you from making great photography”

  1. Mike Downey Avatar
    Mike Downey

    I never let bad weather get in the way. The best pictures happen in bad weather.

  2. Matt Nicki Lautemann Avatar
    Matt Nicki Lautemann

    Weather makes for an amazing subject! ?