Rainbows are an amazing gift of nature to enjoy, but only for a few moments. They never cease to amaze us with their aesthetic beauty, even if we see them a hundred times in a lifetime( though that would require sheer luck!) We can cherish them forever from a well-clicked photo, which is an arduous task to do. Just consider how fleeing they are- how many times you got amazed by a rainbow, but before clicking it, it was gone? Also, enhancing the vibrance of the rainbow in your photo is not easy, for many photographers end up clicking a dull and unappealing photo of the rainbow. But there are some simple tips to help you overcome all the obstacles and capture amazing photos of rainbows.
Here are the top 3 steps for you to click better images of the rainbow:-
Preparation before the rainbow appears
Rainbows are precious because they are rare and temporary. We get to see them only when sunlight falls on the water droplets of the air. If there is a time when it's raining lightly, or the drizzling has just stopped and the sun appears from behind the clouds, know that you have a high chance to find a rainbow. On such days, you need to be well prepared to click rainbows when you go out, no matter whether you find it or not because if you find one, you cannot afford to let this opportunity go simply because you were not prepared enough. Keep your tripod ready and set your eye in a direction opposite to the sun. You can also capture rainbows in waterfalls, dew drops, mists, and even in the spray of your garden hosepipe!
What to do when you see the rainbow
You should have a proper composition for the surroundings of the rainbow. You might experiment with it and add some other elements to your photo. For example, you might consider positioning yourself in such a way that takes the view of a city with the rainbow, like the above photo. But keep in mind that these elements should be the leading lines, directing the audience's eyes to the rainbow, and not distract them. Also, decide quickly whether you want to click the whole rainbow, or a selected part of it, just when you see it. Most of the time, you don't have a choice because part of the rainbow is not visible clearly. In those cases, try to focus on the place where the rainbow touches the ground if it is possible. Be alert once you see the faded rainbow first, but do not rush shooting, because it would get deeper in a moment, and only for a few moments. You need to be quick enough to capture those precious moments only.
Clicking the image of the rainbow
First of all, using a polarizer is recommended to enhance the seven colors of the rainbow more clearly. As mentioned above, you must be using a tripod to keep your camera steady and click crisp photos. As the day would most probably be cloudy, use a small aperture and of course, a slower shutter speed. You may use a wide-angle lens to click rainbows especially if you are capturing the fullest one, or adding extra elements to your picture. If you are clicking a part of it, consider a zoom lens. Needless to say, use manual focus to focus promptly just where you want to. If the sky is dark with clouds, do not meter off it, otherwise, the image will be dull.
Rainbow photography tests your patience and dedication. And if you follow the above-mentioned steps, you will pass the test with flying colors and grab the trophy- the spectacular image of a rainbow just as you desire.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.