4 Quick Creative Rain Photography Tips

Here are some top tips for shooting rain creatively, both inside and out so you can be brave and embrace the weather or stay warm inside.

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Raindrops

 

At this time of year, there is a high possibility that you might get caught out by rain showers when you're out exploring. If you do experience some rain, even if you're at home nice and dry when it begins, here are some ways that you can capture rain creatively. 


 

1. Macro Raindrops

Shooting the raindrops as they gather on the window can make some really pretty abstract shots. Fit a macro lens to enable you to get really up close to your subject. Take into account the background of the image as although it will be blurred by the wide aperture you use, any obvious shapes could still take away from the image. Use some card to shield any glare and reflections that may appear. You could also have a go at refraction - where a smaller version of the world outside appears in the drop.
 

2. Raindrops on flowers and plants 

After the rain shower, head outside to shoot the raindrops on the flowers and plants in the garden or at your local park. Saturated, glistening leaves on plants will be really photogenic, producing vibrant images. Shoot abstract, macro images from different angles to emphasise the water drops. 

 

Raindrops on leaves

 

3. Reflections

Rainfall provides an excellent opportunity for you to photograph reflections where usually there wouldn't be an opportunity. Use reflection to photograph textures of building in small puddles or symmetry images in larger ones. Puddles near flowers will allow you to capture them from a different angle, looking upwards towards the sky. Longer shutter speeds will help to create a smoother-looking puddle if it's windy.

 

4. Splashes

Using a faster shutter speed will enable you to capture the splashes from puddles as cars and bikes ride through them, or people walk through them. This might be better captured through a zoom lens to avoid splashes landing on your equipment. It might also be an idea to use a continuous shutter mode, allowing you to take several shots at once and choose the best one. 
 

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JN 12 6 England
26 Jan 2020 9:20AM
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The image used at the beginning of the article is very similar to one I made a few weeks back. I was doing something for a competition entry and was just winding up when I noticed the raindrops. I did mine on the patio door so plenty of glass to work with, and I didn't use close focusing. I have a CANON 6D mkII +24 - 105 lens (std) and tripod.
Reflections in the window can be awkward but can be easily removed with a brush tool. I found using an L.E.D. worklight held high above the camera and shining down bought out the rings on raindrops.

WARNING! You have to be QUICK, it does not take long for the drops to become rivulets.

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