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Tips For Shooting in Rain

Posted by Chris Hughes on

Natures clouds = Huge soft box

Don’t wait for clear skies and bright sun to pull out your camera. A cloudy day can offer you breathtaking opportunities by acting as a huge soft box with the sun as y our light source.

 Reflections: Look for reflective surface. Y ou can find them every where. Compose your frame in such a way that any interesting object is reflected on the surface of the water. Water reflects light and this property of water makes it perfect to shoot reflections.

React to reactions: Observe people when the rain starts or when the weather is more extreme than usual. They begin to respond differently . Catch the funny, unusual, or interesting reactions of just a single person in a crowd or the entire crowd together. This can be equally innovative and a great story to shoot.

Be good to your equipment: Take extra care of your tools. The advanced technology has improved the durability and expanded the weather conditions in which you can use your camera, lens, and lights, but you can still easily damage your equipment through exposure to rain. Make sure to keep your equipment clean, dry, and well stored to get the best photos. 

Be prepared and act sensible:Carry an umbrella or a poncho if there are chances of a rain. Photography during a rain can be weary. Take a break when you’re exhausted. Avoid dropping your equipment in water or falling yourself from being unstable by a bulky camera bag.

Browse through images: Browse through a lot of images taken in rain. Flickr and other photo sharing websites can help you with this exercise. Try going through a number of pictures to get inspired and come up with y our own stunning ideas.

Change your palette: Using color to set the mood of the photo is essential. Waiting for the right lighting, picking the right subject, and framing your shot is part of the story . Don’t just stop here. Utilise the picture styles in your camera to change saturation and contrast. A combination of natural light changes and your creative eye can end up in a series of amazing shots.

Challenge yourself: Try to challenge yourself with one lens and one location and try to come up with different compositions. This exercise will teach you the limitations and abilities of your equipment and yourself.

So, have fun and be safe shooting in the rain!

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