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Photographing Climate Change

Updated on September 4, 2014

There are several causes that a photographer can cover and document through photography. Many of the causes can be brought to the forefront of the public through the use of tell-tale images. Climate change is one of those causes.

"Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions (i.e., more or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change is caused by factors that include oceanic processes (such as oceanic circulation), variations in solar radiation received by Earth, plate tectonics and volcanic eruptions, and human-induced alterations of the natural world; these latter effects are currently causing global warming, and "climate change" is often used to describe human-specific impacts."Wikipedia

Carefully researching weather and climate trends is the first step in undertaking such a project. You must first understand what it is that you are looking for and then decide how best to photograph these changes in a way that will have an impact in the minds of people.

You may not have to go far in order to capture good images that are relevant to the theme since it appears that most of the world's regions are in one way or another being affected by climate changes and emerging patterns in weather.

You images must be strong enough to elicit a response from an audience , yet they must also be clear enough in their coverage and scope that the viewer is clear as to what it is that is being affected , how we as citizens of the planet can help and what desired effects we are looking to have.

It would be good if the project can be done with the help of others from around the planet, but even a single photographer who is dedicated enough can have an impact.

Recording images of the changing environmental conditions is a good way to start but also including images of wild creatures and plant life and how they are being affected adds to the drama.

Once you are done with your photographs submit them to ecological publications as well as nature ones. They may be more inclined into buying them than other publications. It is also a good idea to accompany your images with an article that explains how your images relate to the whole theme.

Editors always look for complete packages that they can readily incorporate into their publications. A package complete with images and complementing articles makes an editors's job that much easier and opens the door for future assignments.

One thing to consider is to capture images of the casual elements that contribute to climate change be part of your complete set of photographs.

Instances where pollution is evident, man-made trash, oil pollution and such add realism and can work in your favor by clearly demonstrating how humanity is one of the leading causation forces of the world's climate changes.

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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      breakfastpop: Thank you. I have not seen that report but will look for it.

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      A report was relesased recently that more or less says the the issue of climate change is driven by special interests and money. I don't find that hard to believe. Weather is cyclical, it changes all the time .