Rain, the perfect excuse not to go out on the street with your camera… right? Well, my intention today is to convince you otherwise. Throughout the post I will show you that rain is not an impediment, laziness is. Rain is not an inconvenience for photography, it is an opportunity to learn and achieve beautiful images, fresh, nostalgic or ingenious.
Let your creativity fly, practice, learn and “get wet”! How? Keep reading and you’ll see. Below I’m going to give you a few reasons to leave the comfort of the sofa in search of raindrops and some ideas and tips to make the most of this weather phenomenon but without your camera die in the attempt …
Why Photograph Rainy Days?
It’s an opportunity to learn: photographing rain requires a little practice and experience, so it’s an excellent opportunity for you to learn how to operate your camera, control shooting speed, depth of field … But don’t despair before time!
It changes the landscape: the light, the colour of the soil, of the plants, the reflections of the wet pavement. Everything around you intensifies its color and acquires a shine difficult to find in other days.
You’ll have drops of water at hand without having to set up a lab at home.
You find puddles that will give you the opportunity to take great photographs.
You’ll be able to photograph spectacular skies.
These are ideal days for portrait photography, as the softness of light beautifies the features.After the storm always comes the calm: what do I mean by this? that the sun will come out, or the rainbow, or both, or it will leave you a cloudy day… but whatever it is… you will have the free field to continue photographing different and interesting situations!
12 Tips For Photographing Rain
If it’s clear to you why you should run out to portray the rain as soon as you hear it sparkle, here are 12 tips and tricks that you can apply to get impressive rain pictures:
Adjust the shutter speed: Try different speeds, most likely you will need to adjust above 1/250, but this will depend on the effect you want. Do different tests and practice with the result you like.
If the rain is very fine this speed will not allow you to capture it and you will have to slow down to 1/30. You’ll get the drops as if they were thin, elongated threads. In this case you can help yourself with a tripod or other support where to support your camera so that your image is not moved.
Capture as much light as you can: use a large aperture, ideally a f/1.4, but you’ll have to adapt to what your equipment allows. Raise the ISO but with caution, remember the noise problem.
Look At The Surroundings
The silhouettes of the umbrellas, the colour of the clothes, the reflections of the floor and the puddles… Look at the windows of the buildings, perhaps you will find a beautiful image of someone watching the rain. Be aware of these details and capture them with your camera.
Stand behind a glass and capture the raindrops with a blurred background.
If what you like is to photograph children or just photograph your children, dress them in a screaming raincoat, a colorful umbrella and some fun water boots and go to the park or look for the puddles, let them have fun, get wet and enjoy jumping and splashing. You’ll get lots of beautiful, unforgettable snapshots.
Look for the rays that escape the sun or the golden reflections among the raindrops to achieve effects like this.
Tell stories: rainy days can be really melancholic and nostalgic. Use black and white to accentuate those emotions and become a visual poet for a day.
It’s not a normal rain but a strong storm? Have you tried photographing lightning? Read this essential post from
How to Photograph Storm Rays in 12 Steps
If you are near the sea on a stormy day, with rain and warp waves do not miss the opportunity. However, don’t risk your equipment too much and even less your life, get a TV and get a good distance.
Practice, practice and practice. This is the golden rule. And don’t forget something fundamental in your team… patience! If you leave it at home you will be lost…
Not to be the last advice is the least important, quite the opposite! First and foremost, protect your camera. Everyone knows that the camera and the water are not good friends and no matter how much we like to photograph the rain… we are not going to risk the life of our team! Here are some ideas on how to protect your computer:
Use specific plastic covers, an umbrella or shelter under a roof, although I don’t recommend the latter because so much limitation of movement will stifle your creativity.
Use The Lens Hood
Keep a clean cloth handy to dry any splashes or water that may have fallen on your camera from time to time.
Of course, if you want to change the objective, take shelter well, do not settle for a roof, avoid humidity by sheltering in a local or in the car if you are in the middle of the field.
Store the camera in the bag before entering a warm place, temperature change may cause water to condense entering the camera.
When you store your equipment, put silica bags to absorb moisture (you can find them for example when you buy some shoes, are those little bags that come inside with a few balls).
If I still haven’t convinced you, I leave you other examples of images in rainy days, let’s see if that’s how you finish encouraging yourself, that after writing this to me… the worm has entered me so much that I’m going to take advantage that it rains to throw myself to the hunt for the drops of water!
Let Me Ask You Two Things
The first, please recommend the article on Facebook, Twitter and Google+, thus helping to spread these ideas.
The second one, take pictures, damn it. All the time you spend reading theories that you don’t put into practice is wasted time. Take pictures, please.