On days when poor weather overwhelms the day, it’s tempting to feel overcome with dreariness and put your photography equipment away. For photographers, good weather is ideal yet, photographers are bound to encounter less-than-perfect weather. Why not think of poor weather as a new opportunity for creative shots? Besides, the things that keep most people indoors are the very things that push creative photographers to head outdoors for a shoot on poor weather days. Pull out your raincoat, brave the weather and grab your camera – it is one of the best times to capture something remarkable.

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Use clouds and fog as natural filters

Dark clouds and overcast skies need not dampen the quality of your photo. While you may miss out on the azure sky and snow white clouds on an overcast day, the clouds can act as giant natural filters that help you capture the rich colours of the sun in a distinctive way. Shortly after a storm passes, the clouds can appear very dramatic. Having shafts of light emerge from the dark clouds creates a theatrical moment worth capturing. It can be especially appealing if such a moment is taken in late afternoon. This is because the warm colours of the sun above against the greyness of the clouds evoke a greater contrast in colours.

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Similarly, fog acts as a filter to soften the look of landscapes, giving a moody and surreal feeling to a landscape. You can highlight this quality by turning your subjects into silhouettes using black and white photography. While the use of colour can be stirring, it tends to dominate the photo. Under such foggy settings, black and white photography helps other elements like texture, shape and form stand out.

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Use reflections in a puddle

Though often overlooked and sometimes even viewed as an annoyance, the puddles beneath your feet are worth embracing. As a highly helpful and surprising source of reflection, puddles can add a creative twist to your photos. The stunning symmetry and picturesque effects are what give puddles their photographic charm. Easily found after rain, puddles provide a myriad of options for subjects and compositions.

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Working with puddles at night can enhance the beauty of neon lights with their reflection.The glow from the puddles adds more vibrancy to the setting and yet can tinge your photo with melancholy. A good way to prevent your camera’s autofocus from getting confused, while capturing a puddle reflection, is to switch your camera to manual focus.

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Use a tripod to play with shutter speed

The low light conditions from the presence of fog or rain can be exacerbated by unsteady hands resulting in and blurry images. If you struggle to capture a crisp image, consider using a tripod like Slik Pro 340DX Tripod to steady your camera. A tripod provides you with more flexibility to vary your shutter speed and consequently, vary how your fog or rain appears. To capture the clumps of fog that closely resemble clouds in real life, use a relatively short shutter speed. However, if you are going for a more sublime look, use a longer shutter speed to capture the fog as it glides across the scene.

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With these tips, poor weather will no longer be an excuse for staying at home instead of heading out to hone your photography skills.  When dark clouds and foggy atmosphere are well integrated into your photo, you will realise that the elements can shape your photo with an unconventional air of enigma, magic or blues. Days with poor weather are bursting with opportunities for capturing outstanding shots, so seize those chances. After all, if rough seas make good sailors, will poor weather not make good photographers?

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