Exposed! :: Bad Weather Shooting ::

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We just finished our annual Night Light Photo Workshop and we had the worst weather we've had in a long time! But the wet weather created some spectacular scenes because of the wet surfaces, sparkling reflections and gorgeous clouds.

When the weather is nasty, magical things happen - reflections explode with vibrant colours, droplets reflect and multiply your subjects, sunsets become more dramatic, snowstorms provide beautiful textures.

In this month's edition of Exposed! we contemplate the idea of going outside to shoot when we'd rather curl up in front of the fire!


Shooting in nasty weather will be extra work and less appealing than the comforts of home... but here are benefits to getting out there:

How to stay warm and dry

Poor weather shooting
Shooting whitewater in November - notice the background snow.

You can capture the beautiful excitement offered by nasty weather AND stay comfortable. Dress for success! It's no fun being cold or wet or both. Here are some tips to stay warm and dry:

Poor weather success
Poor Weather Success!


Take small steps. Be safe. Test your wild weather equipment systems on your front porch before traveling further afield. The shooting techniques - exposure, focus, and special effects are essentially the same as sunny, warm, nice weather!

Pro Perspective

Pat Morrow said "f8 and be there." Many people follow this mantra. Being there is often the most important ingredient of a brilliant photo.

Kevin Foisy, a past ProProgram student who took Night Light, is exhibiting his work at Ottawa Studio Works. He told me that his finest photos often come from the worst weather days.

Harry Nowell says make the best of the worst situations. I've shot in many weather scenarios: blizzards, -30C, and pouring rain. With foresight, training and experience you can capture the photos nobody else was brave enough to capture!

Final Frame

Get out there!

Take photos. Have fun.