Rain Photography Tips

Do you love the sound and sight of rain? If you do, then you can consider this as a great opportunity to take beautiful photos.

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“Rain Rain Go Away” captured by PictureSocial member Gagan Dhiman

Though many of you may be unaware, the scenes after the rain and even during the rain provide a golden opportunity to use your creativity and take some of your best shots. It can be tricky, but with patience and a creative mind, you can be sure to achieve your goal.

One of the reasons why rain photography can be exciting to pursue is because of the shapes, colors, and shadows you can capture whether you’re an aspiring photographer or already an experienced one.

Consider raindrops falling, raindrops hitting a surface such as an umbrella, the soil or a concrete floor, droplets on grasses and flowers, different colors and shadows on the reflection of all things wet with rain. If you can just let your imagination run wild, you will have the best time taking beautiful images.

For those who are still starting on their photography hobby, you can choose to click away when the rain has stopped. By then, the scene is clear and cleaner. Remember to focus on your subjects and decide on the angle and camera mode you’ll be using.

But you can always try shooting when it’s raining if you want to find out how you fare. Normally, photos of falling rain can come out blurred so you have to know the tricks to take clearer photos. An important point to remember is to control your digital camera’s shutter speed to amplify the image and prevent it from becoming blurry.

Also consider using the aperture priority mode. This will help you capture photos with more depth and light. A wider camera aperture is ideal for taking shots of rain drops.

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“Concentric” captured by PictureSocial member Carol Stark

Using the macro mode is also an interesting way of capturing lovely photos particularly after the rain. This will help you greatly if you wish to take close-up shots of a petal or grass with tiny water droplets in sharp colors. Keep in mind, though, to make your background blurry so that the focus of your image remains on your subject and its details.

Photographing reflections is also a good idea during wet weather. After the rain, you can see reflections and shadows everywhere so why not use your imagination and capture unique subjects. Just make sure that your own reflection is not visible when you’re clicking away. You may be even lucky if a rainbow appears and that would be a sign for you to take those shots of it including its reflection in whatever surface you find interesting.

Don’t forget to protect your digital camera and its accessories from water. A few drops would be okay to fall on your photographic device but it’s still best to use a cover for the camera. A camera housing that is waterproof is perfect but a zip lock can help as well. Just make a hole for your camera lens and you’re ready to snap away.

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“Scene From San Francisco” captured by PictureSocial member Thomas Hawk

Otherwise, you can shoot under an umbrella or from inside your vehicle. Another option is to shoot from your home’s window.

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