By Robert Lachman
Just a little difference in weather conditions can really make a huge difference in style and substance of your photographs. Are you going after the dramatic silhouette or a more informational style with subtle colors? Certainly shooting in overcast skies doesn’t compare to the dazzling flare of a fiery sunset.
Good photographs sometimes are just a matter of luck, but you can increase your odds by planning and research by figuring when the light will make the most impressive moment. Lighting conditions are one of the most important aspects of taking great photographs.
You can see from the photographs above, taken from same location, the Bosa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach, what a difference it can make.
It’s not always the camera, it’s the light. When you look at that next great photo, take a closer look and figure out what drives home the impact, it’s going to one of three elements: subject, composition or light.
Certainly, it’s not an exact science when you talk about planning for the weather. It looks like rain for the next five days in Southern California, so I’m not expecting any intense sunsets, maybe just a few raindrop photos on the windshield.