Tutorial: Seasonal weather

Rainbows

In changeable weather conditions, rainbows are often seen and can add colour to grey skies.

Rainbows are created by light bending through particles of water. They are usually seen most clearly with the sun behind you and the rainbow in front of you. Photographing them is straightforward – what makes an image with a rainbow stand out are the surroundings and the composition of the photo. Consider the rule of thirds and S-line within the shot; to learn more about these, read the tutorial.

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Rainbow, You Connect member Monica Paterlini, Canon Digital IXUS 90 IS

Experiment with different focal lengths on your lens. A wide angle shot will capture a record of the entire rainbow but zooming into a detail may well create a more striking image.

Dramatic Skies
Landscape photos often have a wide brightness range within their subject. The sky is many times brighter than the ground. This means that if the ground is well-exposed, there is a good chance that the sky will be over-exposed. This is why many landscape pictures have skies which are white, even though you remember them as containing striking cloud formations.

A graduated filter has a dense tone at the top, fading away to nothing at the base. Placing a neutral density graduated filter in front of the camera lens can reduce the exposure for the sky while leaving the ground exposure untouched. Coloured graduated filters such as red or brown can add a new perspective to your scene.

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