That’s the most basic decision tree of them all. A better way to frame the choice is to apply the “perfect is the enemy of good” test.
When I’m creating new photography, the choice to proceed on days with marginal weather can be complicated. The desire to cancel when the conditions are awful isn’t always rooted in practicality. It’s times like this that creative resistance tries to intervene.
It’s easy to tell myself that I don’t want to expose my subject or my gear to driving rain or wet snow. There is a practical limit to suffering for one’s art.
Waiting for blue skies and sunshine is fine but that can also mean the loss of a different kind of mood and feeling.
I could have canceled or postponed this session. It was raining, the location and the subject were local, and nobody would have looked at this as the wrong choice.
We proceeded as planned.
I’m glad we did because what I ended up with may have been better than anything a sunny day could have delivered.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.