16 Tips Shooting Photos In The Rain Update 09/2022

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We all know that the weather can be quite unpredictable at times and that it is not uncommon for it to rain or hail when you are out shooting. It can be quite a challenge to shoot in the rain, and if you are not careful, you can ruin a whole day’s work. I will show you how to shoot in the rain, how to deal with the different types of rain, how to use different lighting techniques to get the most out of your images and how to use them afterwards.

1.Carry A Raincoat For Your Camera

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About a million rain covers are available for cameras. The real issue is if it starts to rain while you’re carrying it. Anything that can completely shield your camera from all weather conditions, including a hurricane, will likely be too heavy to carry around with you on a daily basis. The best advice I can give is to keep a small, lightweight raincoat in your bag just in case. I’m currently in love with Vortex Media’s Storm Jacket. It has a front elastic band that can be tightened around the lens, and a back elastic band that lets you reach inside the camera with your hand. For a variety of wet situations, simplicity is best.

2. Carry A Gallon-Size Plastic Bag

If you’re desperate to protect your camera from the elements, this will work. Puncture a hole in one end and insert your hand into the other end to hold the lens in place.

3. Look For Porches And Awnings

The pictures will appear if you park in a dry area and wait. Let’s have a glass of wine, read something, and talk about Marcel Proust for the rest of time. Keep calm and wait for the right moment.

4. Shoot From Inside A Car

This is usually the best option, and in some cases, it’s the only one that makes sense. When the wind is at your back and the window is rolled down, you’ll stay dry (coming from the other side of the car). When I went out to the Flint Hills in Kansas to photograph a freight train during a thunderstorm for National Geographic, it was exactly like that. By driving faster than the storm, I’d arrived at an excellent vantage point from which I could see for miles. While the funnel clouds dipped and soared above me, the rain lashed relentlessly behind me, but I remained dry and continued shooting. (This is not something you want to try at home.)

5. Buy An Umbrella

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In my camera bag, I always have a small folding umbrella. With the flap closed, it’s just 13 centimeters long, which is just enough to protect my camera from the heaviest rain. When it starts raining and you’re in the city, look for an umbrella vendor. I bought two of them in Venice, one in each color. (Why? This will be revealed in the near future via a tip.) An assistant (or patient spouse) would be ideal for carrying the umbrella, but with my left hand, which is also used to hold the camera, I am able to get a lot done. Even if it’s clumsy, this method ensures that the umbrella is always directly in front of the camera. Also, this advice doesn’t apply during thunderstorms.) Lightning rods and umbrellas have a lot in common, both in construction and function. Keep in mind that if you hear thunder, you’re in the path of the lightning.)

6. Include The Umbrella In Your Picture

In fact, your own umbrella can serve as a wonderful framing device in a photograph. When using a wide angle lens, you can bring the raindrops to the top of the frame, filling the upper third of the frame and giving the impression that it is raining. Yours blends in with the rest of the people using umbrellas on the street. However, it is capable of one more critical function. In spite of our preconceived notions about rain clouds, they are often the source of illumination in a rainy scene. As a result, the clouds are vividly colored and the background is dark. You can dramatically improve the exposure of your scene by using the umbrella to block out the overly bright clouds. That pair of umbrellas I purchased in Venice? It was a result of my uncertainty as to which color would work best in my photographs.) (Note:

7. Watch For Reflections

It is difficult to see rain unless it is pouring heavily. This necessitates the use of visual cues such as raindrops. Try to find examples of what happens when you let the rain fall on something plain. As a result of our workshop, the streets of Venice were positively glistening at night! I chased that pigeon all over the piazza so I could photograph it silhouetted against the mirrored storefronts.

8. Look For Water Reflections

Once the rain has stopped and the streets are no longer slippery from puddles, you can experiment with the reflected light.

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This effect is frequently recreated by filmmakers and photographers by sprinkling water on the ground and photographing the resulting reflections. In between showers, take advantage of nature’s gift by venturing outside.

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Exploring rainy city streets late at night gives you the futuristic Blade Runner look…

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Alternatively, try composing your shots by taking portraits of your subjects in front of mirrors. There are countless possibilities.

9. Pop Just A Little Flash

Huh? I swear to god, this time. To make matters worse, if you use your flash to light up the raindrops, you’ll end up with an overly bright image. That’s something you definitely do not want. However, if you turn it all the way down to -3.0 stops, the raindrops will get a little more of a pop. You’ll have to experiment with this method because it’s so tricky. But even if this doesn’t work, the potential for magic exists. When it comes to snowflakes, it’s also a good fit.

10. Be On The Lookout For Joy Or Misery

Rain has the ability to alter people’s personalities. People’s reactions to rain range from sullen dread among rain-soaked commuters to wonder and delight among children. Rain photos are enhanced when you capture the emotions of the moment.

11. Backlight The Rain

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When rain is illuminated from behind, it can be seen more clearly. The light filtered through the raindrops is brighter and more concentrated. So, go in search of some bright spots and aim your camera at them. Nighttime streetlight or the sun peeking out from behind the clouds: this could be either. Whichever way you look at it, the rules remain the same. One benefit of shooting directly into the light is that raindrops will be easier to see. Two, if you take the picture too close to the light source, your exposure will be blown out of proportion. As a result, look for a middle ground. That umbrella you’ve been toting around can double as a handy lens shade, too.

12. Watch A Scene Transform

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Photographing raindrops isn’t always necessary; capturing rain’s telltale signs will suffice. When photographing a rainy street scene, be sure to include umbrellas, raincoats, puddles, and the glistening raindrop reflections on the pavement.

If you fill the frame with umbrellas, a mundane intersection takes on a whole new meaning.

13. Find Beauty In Bad Weather

In the rain, don’t be afraid to take a portrait. With some very soft lighting, the cold, wet atmosphere can make for a stunningly moody image.

If the weather suddenly changes while you’re out doing a photo shoot, don’t abandon ship. You can get a more impactful shot by changing the mood of the shoot. Remember to stay safe and clean afterward.

14. Keep An Eye Out For Rainbows

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If the sun comes out while the air is still moist, you may see a rainbow appear. Water droplets in the air bend and disperse light, resulting in a flimsy, rainbow-colored arc.

Rainbows can appear when it rains and the sun comes out at the same time.

15. Capture A High Contrast Storm

When it comes to the beauty of nature, nothing beats the spectacle of a violent storm front.

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If a lightning storm is approaching, seek shelter immediately and wait to take pictures of the storm until it has passed you by.

Instead, use a tripod and a wide-open aperture setting of f8–f14 to capture the entire scene.

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Set your exposure time between five and ten seconds if you want to capture lightning in your photograph. Longer will cause even a fast-moving storm to become hazy and soft.

It’s possible to capture the image with a lightning trigger (a camera attachment that’s activated by lightning).

Understanding how to get the most out of shooting in the rain will help you advance your photography skills, regardless of whether you plan to become a storm chaser or simply a professional photographer dedicated to a project regardless of the weather.

16. Beautiful Rain Moods

In the rain, your photographs gain artistic value. Rainy streets and gray landscapes aren’t the only things you’ll see; you’ll also find stories. Characters and settings vary from story to story, and your job is to create a sense of ambiance and keep track of the plot.

When photographing rain, you’re presented with a variety of colors and textures that aren’t available when shooting in other conditions. Explore some of the more obscure effects and creative approaches. It’s easier to say that rain photography resembles painting or poetry than that. Edgar Allan Poe’s dark side or Impressionism’s soft glow can be found in it. Agatha Christie-style mystery and suspense or Hollywood-style romance are both viable options. Art galleries, movies, music, and books can all serve as sources of inspiration. You can also draw inspiration from within and use that to your advantage by putting your feelings into pictures. If you want to explore the artistic side of rain photography, follow these guidelines:

+Tonal contrast. This implies that all the colors in the frame should be the same. There won’t be much contrast between the colors. If you use gradients, your rainy image will look like a painting. With the right colors, this is an effective way to elevate your mood, be it sadness if you use neutrals or happiness if you use brights.

+ Muted colors. Muted, unsaturated color schemes have their origins in painting. Softness gives off a dramatic or joyful vibe, depending on the context (for example, depicting misty rain on a spring morning). Love, mindfulness, and serenity are symbolized by the use of calming colors like gray and beige.

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+ Low key photography. Photography with a low key aesthetic means using a lot of dark, midtone, and shadow areas. It creates a dramatic atmosphere, which can be interpreted as depressing or frightening. If you add torrential rain to this scene, you’ve got the makings of a thriller scene. Exposure must be more carefully considered when taking pictures in a low-key setting. Make use of the camera’s manual exposure mode and force it to properly expose the bright areas while underexposing the dark areas.

Black and white photography. In black and white, urban scenes, in particular, have a striking quality. Giving up colors allows you to focus more on contrast, shapes, and geometry in your work. Shape, shadows, and reflections are more important in a rainy image than colors. Simple compositions can be achieved with black and white photography by working with only a few key elements. In addition, it gives your images more personality and dynamism.

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+ Macro photography. When it’s raining, consider macro photography ideas. Muddy shoes and wet materials such as water droplets and leaves and flowers all look fantastic when photographed up close. Even the most common elements take on a new appearance when it rains. Finding a good spot, a tripod, and waterproof raincoats for you and your camera are all important when doing macro photography.


Shooting photos in the rain is really difficult. There is a lot of water in the air and you need to be really careful. You also need to be very fast because the water will make it harder for you to focus. We hope that this article will help you understand how to shoot photos in the rain and that you will be able to enjoy your pictures.