Don’t Be Sidetracked By Poor Shooting Conditions

July 12, 2017  •  1 Comment

So….the day comes when you finally get your act together, you check your camera , filters and everything else you need and head out to do some long overdue shooting. You consult the weather forecast, it tells you things aren’t looking good but you go out anyway, sort of hoping for a miracle to happen while you are getting to your location.

Impressions - Volume Forty FourImpressions - Volume Forty FourImpressionist photography utilizing intentional camera movement. At the location you quickly see that no miracle has happen, the light is indeed as dull and uninspiring as you feared to begin with. We are talking ’suicide grey skies’, light that renders the world two dimensional, almost without color. The light is so flat that you fear you have lost your depth perception.

This is when you need to take a depth breath and say to yourself “-I will not let this throw me out of balance, lose focus and start to shoot aimlessly. I will shoot with a purpose, not forgetting basics like exposure and composition.”

For some of you this might feel like I’m stating the obvious, you’ve been there and know what to do. You might not even be distracted by poor shooting conditions. In any case, I think it is an important topic to bring up. Why ? Because the last time I was out in these conditions I got so distracted that not only did I lose my vision, I also basically forgot about composition and exposure from time to time. It was as if it didn’t make a difference, as if I believed no matter what I did, nothing would work because of the light. All this happened on a subconscious level. After a while I managed to gather my thoughts, recognizing I was not paying attention to what I was doing.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t be sidetracked by poor shooting conditions. Be prepared to, if necessary, to chose a different subject, that perhaps is better suited for the conditions. Or, do some traditional long exposure or intentional camera movement photography, my experience is that these types of photography are much more forgiving when it comes to the light, it is as if the extra dimension from the motion blur makes up for the lack of dynamic light.

Impressions - Volume Forty ThreeImpressions - Volume Forty ThreeImpressionist photography utilizing intentional camera movement. To sum up, stay focused, composition, exposure and other basics are -obviously - equally important in all shooting conditions. Also don’t forget, whatever you are shooting, no matter how flat it may come out, there’s always the possibility to do some magic in post production.


Javier Molina(non-registered)
A good summary of your process, Anders. I love the two images specially the one with the blue
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