Tricks And Tips Of Taking Photos In The Rain

Taking Photos In The Rain

Rain and photo shoots are two terms not commonly used in the same sentence. There are so many deterrents of taking photos in the rain that many photographers, professional and amateurs alike cannot fathom in the slightest bit why one would consider venturing into such wet conditions to take photos.

However, think about it for a second. The world is a totally new scene under rainy conditions. One landscape has the potential of changing to a million scenes by just adding falling rains water to the mix. In essence, it is a new world but the same features.Taking Photos In The Rain

If you are among the bold photographers, whose purpose in life is to explore at every opportunity, the next time it pours, you better think of grabbing you camera and start shooting.  You will be amazed at the spectrum of emotions, colors and purity of the magical scene you will capture. There cannot be a more exciting experiment in photography than this.

That being said, it is important for you to appreciate the amount as well as the difficulty of logistics that are involved in this particular endeavor. It simply does not involve picking up you gear and soaking yourself in the rain and thereafter taking photos in the rain. No! Intricate preparations must be done to ensure that your venture into this new world of photography is safe (in terms of personal safety and gear safety), successful and most importantly fruitful.

Preparing For A Shoot In The Rain

There are many reasons that may lead you to result to photography in the rain. However, preparations are more or less the same in as far as protecting your gear is concerned. You will need to have the taken steps prior to the actual shoot. Among such steps is to bring along with you the right kind of protective gear for you camera, which includes;


This will provide the first of the many layers of protection to your camera gear that you need. Simply, they protect your camera from soaking in the rain. Depending on the size, various cameras can suffice to shelter you for a period of time from the weather element, especially wind and the actual rain.
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Raincoat For Your Camera

This will provide secondary protection from weather elements when gusts blow the umbrellas away from the right position (over the camera), exposing your gear to soaking downpour.

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Taking Photos In The Rain

Hand Towels

While working in the rain, there is a potential of your hands coming in contact with water. This can make handling equipment very difficult, especially the camera that needs to be kept dry at all times. Hand towels will remedy such situations, making it safe to handle your camera.

Packaging That is Moisture Absorbent

This will come in handy particularly when transporting your gear. Absorbent material such as silica gel absorbs the moisture around the camera and prevent condensation from taking place in and around the camera.

Any other gear that may be necessary to include in this list is any personal protective gear that you feel will suffice to protect you while taking photos in the rain but at the same they should not hamper you.

Actual Photography In The Rain

In order to get the pictures right in the rain, special techniques are required. Do keep in mind that rain can dampen the hue of some colors and thus make things appear quite dull. Additionally, rain can both reflect and absorb light. This is a particularly important point to take note of as there can be a difficulty of capturing the rain itself.
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Searching For Backlight

This is the best way to ensure that you capture rain as it falls. Having another source of light in front of you illuminate your scene works perfectly in aiding the capture of rain drops.


This is another way of producing beautiful pictures that point to the presence of rain. Capturing reflective surfaces such as green vegetation that is soaked in rainwater or pools of water will help to create beautiful pictures.

Setting Shutter Speed

If capturing the raindrops is of interest to you, it is best to set the shutter speed of your camera to as fast as possible. However, experiment with different shutter speeds to get the perfect picture to your satisfaction.

The final way of creating an aura of rain capturing the elements associated with rain. For instance, capturing people soaked in water or under umbrella shade and with it, their emotions.


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