3 Tips for Great Cloud Photography

Cloud photography is the process of capturing clouds in different formations and movements as they pass through the visible atmosphere. This kind of photography can be used to help determine weather and atmosphere changes in small to massive geographical locations and can be very helpful in alerting people when a storm or tornado is coming. Many photographers also manage to take photos of interesting cloud formations that are both uncommon and visually definitive. Here are three tips for great cloud photography:

1. Keep Your Camera Steady

For many amateur and semipro photographers, the most important tip to remember is that any slight movement of the hand, body or camera can result in a lost moment. Use a tripod or solid object to rest the camera on to avoid all possible nudging or movements due to nerves or fatigue. Cloud photography is a patient process, so the photographer must be calm and watchful for any interesting formations in the sky.

2. Avoid Harsh Lighting Conditions

We all know that taking a photo “against the light” or facing a direct and powerful light source can ruin the most carefully timed pictures. Photograph cloud formations during sunrises, late afternoons and sunsets, where the vivid light-play of the rising/setting sun emphasizes the contrasting color and shapes of the clouds. Also, there are particular times of the day or season where cloud formations are more common; fog often appears at daybreak, and cumulonimbus clouds are plentiful during the stormy season.

3. Bring Extra Batteries or Film/Memory Cartridges

The absence of any of spares can ruin a fine day of cloud photography, so be sure to bring at least a spare for each item you use.