One very interesting part of photography is when the weather changes quickly in the spring and one is called to head out into Mother Nature's wrath.
I try taking two cameras and two lenses: wide (24 mm) and semi-telephoto (180 mm), both fast (f2.8). Some agencies want film images, but today's digital images are great and the quality of the newest cameras and the high film speeds - 1600 and higher - have a picture quality as good as 100 ASA.
You have to think about a lot of things as you leave the office or home, whether it's night or day. Some examples:
¢ Try to put something in the frame for reference.
¢ Rain is worst thing so keeping things dry that's most important. There are various ways umbrellas are nice, but they can be lighting rods also. I sometimes use a big zip lock bag and cut a hole for the lens then your camera is pretty tight. Shooting from inside your car works a lot, but when you're out you make quick decisions.
¢ When you use flash at night in rain, it shows all the rain and can block the picture. Try and find available light and something steady to brace yourself against.
¢ Always carry a rain jacket and rubber boots.
¢ A scanner and local radio stations tell you what's going on. Then you pick a spot and watch the sky. Most storms move from southwest to northeast, so choose high places for a long look and wait.
You spend a lot of time trying to make a nice picture. It's not to hard to make good pictures if the storm is good, and they usually are in the spring. A good site for more on storm chasing and pictures www.stormchaser.com.