Landscape Photography: Whatever The Weather

How To Make Great Landscape Photographs Despite The Weather

taught by
Tony Worobiec

Online Landscape Photography Online Course - MyPhotoSchool

8 lessons
and start whenever you likeBuy as gift
Find out how easy it is to gift
  • Full money-back guarantee. See details.
  • Your purchase is secure. We never share your personal information.
  • Lifetime access to the classroom and course content
  • Purchase and learn from anywhere in the world

How our courses work▲ TOP

You're going to love learning with us!

  • After you buy, you can start the course whenever you're ready
  • You'll have 8 weeks to complete 4 lessons, study at your own pace
  • You'll likely need 2 1/2 hours per lesson, but you can study whenever it suits you
  • You'll get expert critique from your tutor Tony Worobiec (you'll be able to ask them questions too)
  • We'll pair you up with a group of like-minded classmates from around the world
  • You'll have access to the classroom, content and your classmates for life
  • You'll also gain certification

More questions? Take a look at our frequently asked questions.

About the course▲ TOP

In the mind of some, a great "landscape" needs to conform to some ideal paradigm, a sun-kissed  Caribbean beach bathed in rich sunlight, or a snow-capped Alpine shot with a cluster conifers occupying the foreground, unaware that the moment we step out of our homes, we are entering "landscape".

The first thing we need to appreciate is that landscape is an extremely wide-ranging genre; while of course there will always be a place for the bucolic landscape, we also need to consider "industrial landscape", "coastal landscape" and of course "urban landscape". It helps to understand that every location will have it is golden moment it is simply a matter of being at the right place at the right time. Moreover, photographers can often be quite disappointed when visiting a photographic "honey pot", as it does not appear quite as they had expected. It helps to understand that the defining quality of any landscape is the weather; it governs the two most important features, notably lighting and mood.

While we have some control over where we visit, we have no control over the weather. I am often saddened when I listen to some photographers complain that the weather was not kind to them when visiting a particular location. Rather than determine where you wish to photograph on any specific day, it is often far better to assess the weather, then choose a location that best suits.

The purpose of this course is to encourage you to photograph landscape, irrespective of the prevailing weather. While we are all quite comfortable shooting landscape when the weather conditions are benign , we should also be aware of the excellent opportunities that exist when the weather proves challenging. Whether it is sunny or raining, calm or blowing a gale, freezing cold or baking hot each of these weather conditions will help to define the landscape; it's a matter of learning how to respond. So when you wake up in the morning and assess the weather for the day, view it as a unique opportunity to take meaningful and personal landscapes.


This is an 8 week course,  with one lesson ever 2 week. This is to give students plenty of time to complete their assignments and allow them to gain the maximum benefit from the course.

Week 1:  Maximising The Available Cloud Cover.

The phase "a grey sky" conjures a certain negativity; many non photographers often complain of those days when they are deprived of sunshine. It is easy to get depressed under constant grey skies and yet there is a very positive angle on this type of weather; from a photographic standpoint, it can prove quite an asset.

The first thing to understand is that the term "grey skies" covers a multitude of weather conditions ranging from a thick impenetrable cloud to a gentle scattering in an otherwise blue sky. Each carries its own unique opportunity.

Introduction; Learn to identify Clouds.

1. The Beauty of grey skies.

2. Capturing the drama of storms.

3. How to cope with a "flat-sky"

4. Working broken cloud into your composition.

5. Exploring the creative opportunities offered by a single cloud.

6. White sky; turning a negative situation into a positive one.

7. The veiled sun.

Week 3: Let it rain, Let it rain.

I hope you are getting the drift, there is no such thing as "bad weather" with regards to photography, merely new challenges and rain can fairly be described as one of them. It certainly takes a reasonable level of commitment to get out there and take photographs, but if you do you will be rewarded with some wonderful opportunities.

In common with "grey skies", rain offers many varieties, each of which presents different challenges. We can experience  gentle rain through to a full blown deluge. There are certain obvious precautions we need to take, but this of course will be covered in this lesson.

Introduction; Learning to develop the right mental attitude.

1. Staying dry, and protecting your camera.

2. Taking photographs in the rain.

3. Taking photographs in the rain at night.

4. Looking for rainbows.

5. Capture that wonderful light immediately after rain.

6. Looking for puddles in the landscape.

7. The flooded landscape.

Week 5: Becalmed or blowing a gale.

Wind, or the lack of it can substantially alter the appearance of the landscape. While we cannot see wind, we can most certainly see its results as it appears to energise everything in its path. If however the weather is becalmed, entirely fresh landscape opportunities emerge. It is for example impossible to experience mist or fog in windy weather. While the purpose of this article is to highlight the opportunities for photographing landscape in "bad weather", to describe fog or mist as such is perverse. Even new-comers to landscape photographers rise to the challenge when experiencing a typical "pea-souper"; the reason is because it introduces unique qualities that cannot be seen in any other weather conditions.

Introduction; make best use of weather forecasts.

1. While wind is invisible, look for its signs.

2. Wind over water.

3. The beauty and the hazards of dust-storms.

4. Using long exposures to illustrate wind.

5. The visual opportunities offered by still weather/ especially over water.

6. Mist and fog.

7, Rising/ descending mists.

Week 7: Baking hot or freezing cold.

The ambient temperature is another of those seemingly invisible qualities which become visually apparent when carefully studying the land. There will be obvious situations such as frost and snow which clearly indicate that it is cold.  Heat is a little less obvious, however there are clues to be had, for example  a simmering heat haze. The colour of the landscape can also give us certain clues. While a blue sky suggests warmth, if the entire landscape appears blue, then a sense of cold is instantly communicated. By understanding this, you should be able to take advantage irrespective of the temperature outside.

Introduction. a)The importance of suitable clothing.

b) Useful filters for capturing weather.

1. The beauty of frost.

2. Photographing ice and snow.

3. Colours that communicate coldness.

4. Photographing the landscape when it is warm and benign.

5. Exploring colours that communicate heat.

6. Capturing a heat haze

7. The joy of a "lipstick sunrise/ sunset".
Find out more about how our online photography courses work

Lesson Plan▲ TOP

Each lesson starts with a 30 minute video from your expert tutor, which you can watch whenever you like.

After each lesson, practice what you’ve learned with an assignment and receive personalised feedback from your tutor. Each of which should take no longer than 2 hours.

  1. 1. Maximising The Available Cloud Cover

  2. 2. Let It Rain, Let It Rain.

  3. 3. Becalmed Or Blowing A Gale.

  4. 4. Baking Hot Or Freezing Cold.

See all students who have taken this course