A photographer’s ability to shoot in rainy weather is a big plus. Naturally, in a downpour, you can only take pictures from a safe shelter, where the camera is not threatened by raindrops. This can be an arch or a car interior. However, if the rain is slightly drizzling or has just ended, there is an opportunity to capture incredibly beautiful views of the wet city.
Protecting the camera from rain
The most reliable way to protect your camera from rain is to purchase a special protective case, but it is quite difficult to find one on sale, so we will talk about the available and proven methods. The very first way is to use a plastic bag. You need to take as dense and preferably transparent product as possible. Holes for the lens and camera controls need to be drilled in the bag. The second way is to use a hood. It will be able to protect the lens from drops on it. Also a good way is to use an umbrella, but this may require an assistant.
In order to make a case for a camera from a bag, you need the bag itself and a couple of rubber bands. Place the bag over the back of the camera. Fix the neck to the end of the lens with rubber bands. Tuck the bag so that the ends do not fit into the frame. Many photographers use this method. A hood will also help protect the lens. The most common hood without any curly cutouts. You can also use a protective filter, neutral or UV. Such a protective system will make it possible to shoot both hand-held and from a tripod.
What can be photographed in the rain?
The plots will be prompted by nature itself. Take a closer look at the drops. How rays of light play in them and the outside world is reflected. Shoot reflections in puddles, walls of rain, wet trees and buildings. Each spider web and petal covered with droplets can be a great composition for a shot. Take pictures of streams of water running from rooftops. Shoot whatever you find interesting. If there is fog outside, then this is not a hindrance at all. Pictures in such weather are blurry, not clear, but very mysterious and bewitching. Pay attention to the behavior of people in rainy weather. People react differently to rain. Some diligently hide from him under umbrellas and try to bypass the puddles, while others, on the contrary, happily walk on the water without fear of getting wet. In this weather, many different subjects can be found.
Pictures of landscapes are especially interesting. Try to show the heaviness of the sky in your photo. Do not forget that the fewer objects in such a picture, the more attention they will attract to themselves.
How to take pictures in the rain?
It is better to wait out heavy rain and thunderstorms indoors. In low light and a lot of interference, the camera will not be able to see anything beyond its own lens. In addition, there is a high probability of wetting the equipment. The only thing you can shoot in this weather is raindrops on the glass. In this case, you can focus on the drops themselves or focus on more distant objects. The drops will be blurred, which will give the picture a certain creative effect. Excellent pictures are obtained immediately after the end of the rain or under a light drizzle.
In rainy weather, the camera will independently select the exposure in order to evenly fill the frame with light. If you want the sky to be darker, you will need to reduce the exposure of the frame. The settings must be chosen according to the circumstances. A slower shutter speed (1/30, 1/60) will make the raindrops more clearly visible. A fast shutter speed will freeze all objects in the frame, but there is a chance that the rain will not be visible at all. pictures can be taken using a black and white photo effect. It’s up to you to decide.
Always make sure that no rain falls on the lens or the filter when shooting. Even one drop can ruin the picture. Use soft wipes that absorb moisture well to wipe the optics. When you return home, be sure to dry your camera, tripod, and case. Good luck with your photo hunt!