Just because it's rainy outside doesn't mean that you can't head out and shoot.
In fact, shooting in the rain can produce results that you wouldn't usually be able to achieve. For example, short lived puddles in city and town centres can be used for reflective images of the buildings and flowers and plant life can look great with drops of rain covering them like jewels. Rain can also add a different take on landscape images. If the rain is particularly heavy or localised, the sheets of rain can be captured for a really dramatic, moody image.
Here are our top tips for shooting in the rain with your Nikon gear:
Protect your kit -
When shooting in the rain, it's important that you keep you kit as dry as possible, especially when you're working in heavy rain. Even though higher end model DSLRs, such as the D7100, are weatherproof, it's always best to air on the side of caution if you're working in extreme weather. It's advisable to invest in a rain cover, something like the kata E-702 PL, that will add an extra layer of protection for your gear. If you're unwilling to spend a lot of money on this, a simple alternative is to use a freezer bag with a hole cut into the end for your lens.
Use a lens hood -
A lens hood has been designed to protect your lens from flare, but it is also handy in the rain, too. It acts as a shield, stopping raindrops from landing on the lens. This works especially well if the rain in being blown sideways by the wind.
Take an umbrella -
To avoid yourself and your equipment getting soaked through, take an umbrella with you. A large golf one is recommended, and if you can, take someone with you to hold the umbrella above you while you adjust your settings and prepare to shoot. It won't alter the look of the rain in your shot, and gives you that extra layer of protection.
Make sure your camera is secure
- If you can, make sure you have the camera strap around your neck at all times. There's nothing worse than accidentally dropping your lens into a puddle! If you're using a tripod, make sure it's placed and set up securely before attaching the camera to minimise chances of it toppling over.
Wear your waterproofs
- Last of all there's you! You won't want to stay out for very long if you're going to get soaked to the bone, so wear a good quality waterproof coat with a hood and consider waterproof trousers and wellies if you're going to be wading to get a good shot.