Shooting in the Rain

Tips and Ideas for Shooting in the Rain

Rainy weather is a great time to shoot lyrical portraits, romantic landscapes, and philosophical shots. Anyone can see the play of light and water, the beauty of colors, and the charm of empty streets, but to reflect it in the frame — you need to take into account a few nuances.

How to shoot in the rain?

The main difficulty that the photographer will face is the need to protect the equipment from water. You can do this in several ways. The most reliable is to buy a special case, but you may not find the right one for your camera model. The case can be made by yourself from a dense bag, which is attached to the body of the camera with scotch tape. The lens can be additionally protected with a hood. An umbrella is a universal solution, but it is inconvenient to hold it and the camera at the same time.

In such a situation, it is better to take an assistant who will hold the umbrella over the photographer. If in your arsenal there is a long lens for shooting at a great distance, you can take photos from under any canopy.

There are no secrets that will guarantee you beautiful rain photos. Every camera, every rainy day is different. The photographer must be ready to search and experiment, which will yield results. Imperfections of the frame can also be corrected at the stage of post-processing, for example, with the help of the photo editor app RetouchMe. There are a few universal tips that you can use in your work.

  • Don’t shoot in a heavy downpour — you won’t be able to focus the camera on anything behind the water flow. In such weather, you can shoot through a window: the streams of water on the glass look very expressive in the frame. The ideal weather is a drizzle.
  • Choose manual settings mode, the camera’s automatic settings will not give you the focus, shutter speed, etc. you need. Adjust settings as needed after each shot.
  • Clear shots of drips, splashes, and jets are captured at short shutter speeds (1/250, 1/500) at ISO 400 and above. To “freeze” the movement of rain, you need a slow shutter speed of more than 1 second and shoot with a tripod.
  • Water droplets look expressive if there is an additional source of light: flashlight, shop window, windows. If you use a flash, you risk overlighting the frame.
  • In macro mode, you will get beautiful shots of drops and reflections.

What to shoot in the rain?

In overcast wet weather, you can shoot cityscapes, nature, and portraits — it all depends on your idea and mood.

Staged artistic photos of people in the rain turn out poorly: facial expressions are distorted, and clothes stick to the body. Nevertheless, you can catch a lot of live shots in the process of dynamic reportage shooting. Take a walk in the rain with your model, and let the hero of the session run through the puddles, catching the spray or looking dreamily into the distance — the rain will provide the right mood in the frame.

Shooting on city streets, try to pay attention to bright objects: umbrellas of passers-by, car headlights, sparkling shop windows, children in colored raincoats and boots. In contrast to the gray weather, such accents make the photo “breathe”.

Rain is a time for reflections and silhouettes, not clear pictures. Use this in your photography: look for unusual angles, play of light, and fancy optical effects.

An interesting subject — nature during rain or right after it. The camera lens can capture ruffled birds, snails and earthworms, and drops on leaves and flowers.

As you can see, against all odds, shooting in the rain will be a great experience for the photographer, which will allow him to gain creative impressions and replenish the portfolio with expressive shots.

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