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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!