rain photography

Rain photography is categorized under nature photography. It usually requires the photographer to go outside, so it’s also considered outdoor photography. Once you get through dealing with potential resistance from family and friends to go outdoors, and despite the risk of getting colds, you’ll see how rain gives you new dimensions of photography opportunities. But many photographers, even professionals, find it miserably difficult to shoot photos in rain. With some care and lots of practice you can produce memorable and interesting rain photos.

Rain photography bonuses

Why are so many photographers so drawn into rain photography, despite the difficulties associated in shooting photos in rain? It’s because rain offers unique features that make a great photography. Here are just some of the bonuses rain provides: dark cloudy skies and hazy conditions can make very artistic and ethereal looking photos; raindrops on flowers and leaves; the rainbow after the rain; overcast skies enable for a great black and white portrait; rain makes a scintillating effect to nearly everything it touches.

What to shoot?

There’s no limit to creativity. You can shoot anything stunning and captivating from the camera lens view. But there are certain things you need to consider before, during, and after rain for optimum photography.

Before rain. You can shoot skies fully covered with stormy clouds. Dark clouds usually create magnificent backgrounds for breathtaking images. For example, stormy clouds make a great background for a long road that appears to meet the sky at a faraway place. Lightning before rain provides an awesome effect to the photo. During a storm, you’ll see different colors in the sky, so planning is very crucial before shooting great photos of lighting.

Shoot in the rain. Rain bridges the gap between the sky and the earth, making it one. There are plenty of subjects to shoot when it’s raining: people running for shelter, children playing under the rain, a beautiful young lay stranded at a bus stop, animals searching for shelters, raindrops falling on the roof and other surfaces, and many more.

After rain. The wet world gives you an opportunity to shoot different designs, reflections, and textures created by the rain. You can shoot droplets of water on or hanging from flowers, leaves, railings, and other surfaces. It is recommended that you shoot these droplets in close-up. Reflections are great subjects to shoot. Still water on the ground usually give dazzling reflections of anything above it, producing different perspectives. Plant leaves washed by rain create varying textures to the background photo.

Measures and precautions

You need to have a water proof camera as raindrops that drip into your camera can spoil the photo and worse, damage the camera. You also need water proof pants, jackets, and gloves to protect yourself from the rain. If you don’t have a waterproof camera, then you should have the following water proof camera accessories: rain hoods, towel, shower caps, protective filters,and lens shades.