rain photography

Rain Photography and Camera Care

Rain photography is a dangerous obsession and those who catch the bug find it hard to let go. This is a double edged sword and you tread carefully between ruining your camera and capturing stunning photos. With some simple tips and care you can capture photos which most of your friends would only ogle in photography magazines. More often than not, capturing photos in the rains is about getting the basics right and Mother Nature does the magic for you. Follow these tips and you will be on your way to some amazing pictures in the rain.

Rain Photography

Shutter Speed

The drops of rain can be fun to capture. The shutter speed can determine the texture of water droplets in the picture. If you choose a higher a shutter speed of about 1/1000s, you can freeze the moment. Everything would seem to be in a state of trance, perfectly still. This brings a lot of drama to the image. Alternatively, you can opt for a slower shutter speed of about 1/125s. It creates a blurred picture of the rain and is effective in showing dynamism. In extremely overcast conditions, it is recommended that you use a high ISO setting too.

Lens

Your lens is everything, while capturing an image. Use a long focal length lens in the rains, as this reduces the chances of rain splashes. Aim long and against an apt background. Contrasts will help you highlight the raindrops and keep your camera well covered and dry.

Tripod

While you would be shooting on fairly fast shutter speeds, it is advisable to use a tripod. Besides the stability, it can give you additional options to shield the camera from the rain. You could also, try using a cable release and hold an umbrella over the camera to ensure safety of the equipment.

Exposure Compensation

The light during the rains can become difficult to shoot; in such cases you can set some exposure compensation and make sure that the image is bright and clear. This is a good option when you have used ISO and don’t want to make your pictures grainy.

Camera Care

While you get adventurous with photography, don’t forget to protect your camera. Your first line of defence would be to use a good lens hood. While lens hoods can increase contrasts, they can keep the rain drops from landing onto your lens. You can make a custom plastic cover for your camera or just buy one from the market for the rainy days. If the rains are heavy, you could seriously consider holding an umbrella over your camera for more protection.

Follow these tips and make some refreshing rainy day photos!

black and white photography

Black and White Photography

Black and White photography is one of the oldest forms of capturing photographs. Existing from a time much before colour photos, they have an old world charm that allures even the best photographers. Making pictures in black & white highlights your subject in the most obvious way. There is no dazzling colour, no vibrancy, just plain simple contrast that makes for stunning photos. In pictures that have a lot of moving elements, B&W adds the pause, giving us the visual liberty of time. Here are some tips to do black and white photography.

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1. Composition:

Composing a good photo is very important in B&W photos. Since the images are largely flat, your image can say their share of thousand words using subtle techniques of contrast, depth of field and framing. Be sure to experiment and use common photography techniques like the ‘Rule of Thirds’, Leading Lines, Symmetry & Patterns, and Balancing Elements.

2. ISO:

ISO is a function that controls the exposure rate of the camera sensors. It enables you to click photos in poorly lit scenes. This however, comes at a cost, in the form of noise pixels in your images. These are tiny spots of red, green andgrey, which are scattered throughout your photo, reducing the sharpness of your image. You definitely cannot have them in a B&W photo and hence it is advisable to keep your ISO to the lowest possible value.

3. File format:

Your file format generally shouldn’t matter if you are shooting photos for memory. It is recommended that you shoot photos in RAW format, if you plan to edit them or make them a part of your portfolio. The RAW format captures all the details of an image and saves them without any compression. This is extremely helpful during the post-production phase.

4. When to Shoot:

While on most days, a clear sky &good sunshine is recommended for photography, B&W photos look best in overcast or dark skies. Head outdoors during the dark gloomy days and try making some B&W photos for best results.

It’s needless to say that practise makes perfect. Look around for inspiration and draw insights from the masters like Richard Avedon. With time and effort, you can surely create some stunning B&W photos.