Rain is something that makes most of us happy. As a photographer rain brings you a lot of opportunities that you can capture. Most of the photographers are afraid take out their gear in the rain but those who do end up capturing some amazing pictures. Following are some of the helpful tips for better rain photography.
Rain drops are obviously something moving so first thing that comes in mind is to select the right shutter speed to capture them. Your shutter speed should be faster than 1/400. Try out with different shutter speeds until you get the desired result. Depending upon the lightening, you might not increase the shutter speed very much without taking help from high ISO. It’s completely fine to bare some grain than to miss a beautiful shot.
Different light sources can highlight raindrops in a very interesting manner. If you are in some area where the sun is cutting through the stormy clouds, then this can act as a great backlight for the rain. One example is to capture street lights with rain falling in front of it. So whenever the rain falls, you should look for different backlighting.
One great opportunity to capture reflection during the rain is puddles. You can easily find puddles on the street during or after the rain. Clouds in the sky look amazing in the reflection. Try out different angles and see which angle is giving you the best reflection.
This really doesn’t mean capturing the images by risking your life. It means that when you think its safe to go out and you have a place where you can safely capture flooding and fallen trees, don’t miss the opportunity. Capturing natural disasters is an interesting way to grab nature in your camera.
You would never want to damage your camera just to capture rain photos. So make sure you have all the things that could protect you and your gear from water droplets. Never change your lenses out in rain as this can be risky.
These are some interesting tips regarding rain photography. Remember when it rains, you get a lot of opportunities to capture nature. Make sure you find the right subject to capture but keep you and your camera’s safety the first priority. Here are some of the inspiring examples of rain photography which you can see and learn from.