Spring is a time for new life and growth, and rain is a big part of what facilitates all the revitalized scenery. And while some precaution should be taken, a few April showers don’t mean you and your camera have to take a rain check. Here are some tips for taking photos on a drizzly day.
Emphasize the Rain
You don’t need to hide the fact that you’re shooting in the rain. In truth, it will be difficult to tell that it’s even raining unless you capture visual cues that indicate this to the viewer.
You can play up the fact that you’re shooting under rainy conditions by backlighting the rain. Discover natural light sources such as a streetlight or a glimmer of sunshine making its way through the clouds. Also, pay attention to the way that rain ricochets from objects and structures to uncover their hidden beauty.
Underneath covered porches, inside your car on the side of a road you’ve never stopped to look at, or inside a sturdy tent are all fantastic staging areas for rainy day photos. Your images will still look as if you’re in the midst of the storm, but you don’t have to be.
Not only does this ensure that you and your equipment remain dry, but it also provides a clear perspective. Raindrops on windows, children splashing around in rain slickers and lightning in the distance could all be part of the same shoot and support the story you’re telling through your photos.
Be Prepared with the Right Equipment
Even when it’s not raining, you should always keep your equipment in a waterproof bag to ensure it stays safe and dry in any conditions, especially if you may end up storing your equipment for extended periods of time. Even the slightest amount of condensation can become your camera’s worst enemy.
For rainy shoots, bring along a poncho for your camera. Ewa Marine Rain Capes come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are actually quite attractive.
Of course, don’t overlook the basics — a large umbrella, a raincoat, and large garbage bags should always be on standby. You probably have these items at home, but you may want to consider keeping an extra set in your car for those unexpected opportunities to make the most of a rainy day.
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