How to Handle a Bad Day in Photography


Like it or not, it will happen. Even the best photographers in the world have bad days when the creative juices aren’t flowing, when the shots just don’t come together. They don’t just bag it when that happens. You can always save a tough day if you have the right attitude and approach to your business. This great video tutorial follows a photographer as he encounters such a day and shows you what he does to get through it and still get home with cringe-worthy shots.

Coming to you from Thomas Heaton, this excellent video follows him as he’s having a bad day and works to make it productive and fun. One of the hallmarks of the best photographers (especially in a genre like landscape photography, where conditions don’t always cooperate) is the ability to plan ahead and have a shot in mind but still be flexible and willing to improvise a bit if needed. A bad day often becomes so much worse when we try to make the shot come to fruition when there isn’t one, because it only exacerbates frustration and prevents us from discovering a new creative path; After all, it’s often in these moments where we improvise as we forge new tracks. Check out the video above for a full recap of Heaton.