The drama of a sunset is sometimes not enough.
Adventurous photographers look for a more spectacular storm or want to evoke the danger of the strike of lightening.
The potential dangers must be recognised before even attempting to photograph severe weather conditions. Besides any personal danger, expensive equipment can be destroyed in a moment, so you need to protect yourself and your camera.
Professionals might make this type of photography look easy but it is far from it, amateurs must think of every eventuality. Working anywhere near nature’s powerful forces, for example the sea must not be taken lightly.
It is tough to work through the elements. Wearing protective clothing, on top of securing your camera in a safe environment can often make it almost impossible to take actual pictures.
Ultimately you must decide if the amount of effort required is really worth it. Equipment aimed at the amateur, can only create a certain level of quality. To be out in the intense cold and driving rain, only to produce bad images due to insufficient light can be pretty demoralising. [Lighting Techniques]
Potential hazards are everywhere a heavy storm can create dangerous debris.
The distant thunder may seem harmless but the accompanying lightening might strike closer than you realise. A flooded road can sweep you or your vehicle away before you have a chance to react.
Hurricanes don’t come with warning signs and all forces of nature can kill. Use common sense and don’t be reckless, no photograph is worth dying for not even an award winning one.