Rain has the magic to transform ordinary scenes into vibrant, rich, and mesmerizing scenery. It is a common sight that people react to rain with excitement and joy. From sullen faces to happily rain-drenched commuters, rain has an influential effect of people of all ages. It is, therefore, interesting to capture great photos in the rain. But you should be careful enough not to harm your equipment while doing so.
As a photographer, you should be geared up for an unexpected shower, particularly, if you are shooting in an unpredictable climate prone to sudden showers. An umbrella and high quality camera gear including camera raincoats, moisture absorbent packets and towels are necessary to continue capturing great photos in the rain.
Tips for Shooting in the Rain
Now that your camera equipment is taken care of, let’s see how you can get some of the best shots in the rain. You should be aware of how you wish to capture raindrops, individually frozen drops or as moving drops of rain. For capturing individual rain drops frozen in the photo, use fast shutter speeds. To capture slight movement, use slower shutter speeds. How slow it should be can be determined by evaluating the speed at which the raindrops are falling.
Remember that most of the rain should not necessarily appear in your pictures but can appear as effects, i.e. droopy flowers, puddles or wet hair. However, incorporating rain in your photos can be quite a challenge. When raindrops are backlit, they appear more clearly in the images. When raindrops are on the leaves, glass or any surface, spectacular photos can be taken. Another dimension to add to your photography is reflections in a puddle or pond while raindrops are falling on it.
Adjust Your Aperture
In case you are capturing portraits in an overcast weather or dark lighting conditions, the shots can appear gloomy and dark. Allow more light to get into your sensor by opening up your aperture to f/8, f/4, and sometimes even wider to have clearer light.
Cloudy days with rain or storm can create magical lighting which is almost impossible to achieve with editing effects or filters. Just be careful about shadows while shooting under umbrellas and exposing your subject to the full lighting conditions during the rain.
An effective way to find out how your shot will look in the rain is to go walking around your subject and finding the accurate position from where rain is the most visible and raindrops can be easily spotted. The time you spend on these observations will reflect in your shots. It is no coincidence that you can get amazing photos in the rain. It requires expertise, skills and photographic intelligence to capture amazing photos in the rain.