Rainy scenes are picturesque in and of themselves. They can grab the attention of the viewers easily. No two rain scenes are just the same. But setting the mood, telling a story, and bringing out the emotions are not easy. Taking rain pictures demands a lot from a photographer. One needs to work in adverse weather and be prepared to face unexpected situations. Even if you're not very much into rain photography, you should try your hands at it, to boost your skills, and diversify your portfolio.
Here are the top 3 basic rain photography tips for the beginners:-
Choose the right gears:-
You should keep some essential gears with you when you are stepping out to click rainfall. First of all, make sure that your camera is apt for shooting in low light. Choose DSLR or mirrorless camera only. It will provide you a wide dynamic range, and help you to shoot at high ISO if necessary. Don't take the risk of capturing rain with your mobile camera. Secondly, carry waterproof camera cases, lens hoods, and rain covers with you. If you are not a professional and don't want to invest in these, you can use a large transparent plastic bag and cover your camera with it.
Set the correct camera settings:-
You should set the camera settings in such a way that will make the raindrops clearly visible. Though high ISO can make your photo grainy, considering the low-light condition on a rainy day, medium to high ISO can be chosen. Like any object in motion, capturing rainfall also requires a faster shutter speed. High ISO will help in maintaining this faster shutter speed too. If you want to have a dramatic look, you can go for a slower shutter speed. If the aperture is large, more light would enter the camera, and produce a shallow depth of field. If you want a sharp, crisp image of the rain, the depth of field should be deep, and you need to set a small aperture for that. You should choose the light source carefully, otherwise, the rainfall might appear pale and dull. You can use the street light or traffic light for this purpose. Even billboards can work well at the night too. If nothing such is available, you have to bring a reflector. Needless to say, you should use manual focus. You can get good control over the exposer, choosing to focus on the portion you think is the most eminent. If you want to use the flash, use it in manual mode too. An automatic flashlight is harsh and doesn't give you the desired intensity.
Have a good composition:-
Rain photographs evoke many emotions, isn't it? and just for this reason, composition plays a key role in rainy day pictures. Set the mood with your creativity. The composition rule that works best in rain photography is Juxtaposition. It simply refers to placing one subject by another, or in a complimentary scene. You can add unusual subjects in the common rainfall scene, to make it look extraordinary.
These were the top 3 most common basic tips for rain photography. As a beginner, you can use these tips well for clicking some stunning rainfall pictures.
Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.