Image by Peter Bargh
It's April showers season, and so there is sure to be plenty of rain about. Why not make the most of it and take some creative photos of the rain? Here are some ideas:
Macro Raindrops -
Try shooting the raindrops that land on your windows when it rains. Focussing on the drops using a wide aperture will blur the view out of the window, creating a nice smooth background for the image. Look for an area of the window that has some particularly interesting drops. You can also use the raindrops to create a miniature scene and the technical term for this is refraction. This will work best if the raindrops are on a washing line or somewhere else they can hang from.
Slow Shutter Speed Landscapes
- Having a go at some slow shutter speed landscapes in the rain can create some really arresting images. An exposure of around a quarter to a half of a second should be fine and this will allow the rain to streak, creating a sense of heavy rain in the image.
Reflections From Puddles -
When it rains, it creates an opportunity to photograph reflections of buildings such as churches and inner city architecture. Head out just after it's stopped raining to get still puddles for maximum reflection.
Bounceback In Puddles -
If it's still raining, don't worry as some good photos can still be taken in puddles as the rain falls. Take an umbrella to shield yourself and the camera, and position yourself so that your reflection isn't in the shot, unless that's what you're going for. You'll need a relatively fast shutter speed to capture the drops as they plop into the puddle and create lovely shapes and patterns.
Candid Street Photography -
If you're out and about in the rain, have a go at photographing people as they walk by. Cameras like the OM-D E-M1
are ideal for this as they are small and compact so you're less likely to be noticed by the people you're photographing.