Sunday, March 13, 2016



We are, in most parts of the world, going from winter into spring, and we are all going into the rainy season.  This opens up an opportunity for us all, who love photography, to take some of the best photos of all.  There are certain aspects that make certain photos in the rain really unique, the colors are more vibrant, the details more crisp, the photography is more challenging, and, if you want to cover a real unique niche in photography, this might be a real good thing.  There are some real great photographs that come from taking pictures in the rain.  But, the preparations that come from this is worth a discussion.  So, I wanted to take a moment to put this subject out.  I saw some photos taken in the rain, and just really loved them.  So, I have made sure I have a waterproof camera.  Is that one of your pieces of photography equipment?  It should be.  If not, do you have ways to waterproof  your equipment?  Those details will be explored in this subject below.  I believe, almost every camera manufacture makes a camera that is waterproof, or weatherproof.  We will explore that this week in my blogs.  This will draw some interest in this subject.  I have a camera that is capable of going underwater about 1 meter.  That means that I really don't worry much about shooting in the rain at all.  It also means, if I go river running, or fall in the snow, I don't worry about my camera.  It is also a ruggedized body, so, it can be a more durable camera than my regular DSLR.  So, it is a good camera to have in your arsenal, or something like this.  It has 16 megapixel as well, so, it delivers a good sharp picture.   So, with that, let's get started on some good details about taking pictures in the rain, or bad weather.  More details during the week about taking pictures in adverse weather conditions.

By:  Sujith Raj

“What if it rains?” This is a question that every professional and amateur photographer will hear eventually. We’re living in a golden age of photographic technology with photography possible under all kinds of circumstances and situations.
Rain can be subtle or it can be dramatic, but for photographers it gives a unique photographic opportunity that most people don’t understand until they see it in an image. Rain can seem like a scary proposition, but with a little preparation one can handle even the craziest of storms capturing amazing images. Let’s explore how.
rain photography tips
Photo by Piotr Mamnaimie; ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/60 exposure.

Have a Raincoat for Your Camera:
There are several options of protective camera gear. The real problem is whether you have it at the right time. It’s always advisable to carry protective gear that is flexible and doesn’t take up too much space in your camera backpack so that you can have it every day.

A common coincidence with umbrellas: “If you have them, you won’t need them! But if you leave them, you’ll wish you had them.” Umbrellas keep your subjects dry and happy,as well as add some fun to your compositions. Most photographers don’t have a set of attractive umbrellas on hand, so it’s worthy to invest in a few decent and colorful umbrellas for rainy day photography. If you’re planning to buy some, go for brightly colored umbrellas with fun patterns, which can add a touch of color to a dull day.
candid camera
Photo by Mitchell Joyce; ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/125 exposure.

Plastic Bags:
Even if it stops raining, you still have to be prepared. The ground will be wet and can affect your posing. Plastic bags can keep your subjects dry and also keep you dry if you want to lay down for a unique perspective.
Raindrops can be accentuated quite noticeably with different light sources. Find light sources like a streetlight at night or the sun breaking through the clouds and shoot toward it. And remember, the umbrella that you carry can serve as a lens shade.
floral nature photograph
Photo by Flickr User: maf04
Go for many emotions:
People react to rain with a gamut of emotions, from the astounding joy of children to sullen anxiety of rain-drenched commuters. Take pictures of those emotions and make great rain pictures.
Remember that wonderful images can be taken in the rain. Rain gives you the chance to break from routine and get some creative shots.
About the author:

Sujith Raj is a parttime blogger and a fulltime photography enthusiast. He also works as a dealer of camera equipment and accessories.
By Kalyan Kumar
Do you love the sound and sight of rain? If you do, then you can consider this as a great opportunity to take beautiful photos.
rain photography
“Rain Rain Go Away” captured by Gagan Dhiman (Click Image to See More From Gagan Dhiman)
Though many of you may be unaware, the scenes after the rain and even during the rain provide a golden opportunity to use your creativity and take some of your best shots. It can be tricky, but with patience and a creative mind, you can be sure to achieve your goal.
One of the reasons why rain photography can be exciting to pursue is because of the shapes, colors, and shadows you can capture whether you’re an aspiring photographer or already an experienced one.
Consider raindrops falling, raindrops hitting a surface such as an umbrella, the soil or a concrete floor, droplets on grasses and flowers, different colors and shadows on the reflection of all things wet with rain. If you can just let your imagination run wild, you will have the best time taking beautiful images.
For those who are still starting on their photography hobby, you can choose to click away when the rain has stopped. By then, the scene is clear and cleaner. Remember to focus on your subjects and decide on the angle and camera mode you’ll be using.
But you can always try shooting when it’s raining if you want to find out how you fare. Normally, photos of falling rain can come out blurred so you have to know the tricks to take clearer photos. An important point to remember is to control your digital camera’s shutter speed to amplify the image and prevent it from becoming blurry.
Also consider using the aperture priority mode. This will help you capture photos with more depth and light. A wider camera aperture is ideal for taking shots of rain drops.
rain photo tips
“Concentric” captured by Carol Stark (Click Image to See More From Carol Stark)
Using the macro mode is also an interesting way of capturing lovely photos particularly after the rain. This will help you greatly if you wish to take close-up shots of a petal or grass with tiny water droplets in sharp colors. Keep in mind, though, to make your background blurry so that the focus of your image remains on your subject and its details.
Photographing reflections is also a good idea during wet weather. After the rain, you can see reflections and shadows everywhere so why not use your imagination and capture unique subjects. Just make sure that your own reflection is not visible when you’re clicking away. You may be even lucky if a rainbow appears and that would be a sign for you to take those shots of it including its reflection in whatever surface you find interesting.
Don’t forget to protect your digital camera and its accessories from water. A few drops would be okay to fall on your photographic device but it’s still best to use a cover for the camera. A camera housing that is waterproof is perfect but a zip lock can help as well. Just make a hole for your camera lens and you’re ready to snap away.
reflection rain photos
“Scene From San Francisco” captured by Thomas Hawk (Click Image to See More From Thomas Hawk)
Otherwise, you can shoot under an umbrella or from inside your vehicle. Another option is to shoot from your home’s window.
Thanks again to PictureCorrect and the two authors in this series on Rain.  
Want to try it?  Could be fun.  Where I live, we have a series of rain, rain mixed with snow coming in the next week.  It would be fun for you all to send me pictures of what you have of this subject.  Just for fun.  I have no prizes other than viewing these photos to thousands of people (could be a good thing for you), but it would be fun to post them to my facebook page:  123photogo.  
Schedule this week:
Monday, March 14th: This blog:  Taking Photographs in the Rain
Tuesday, March 15th:  Gallery of photos of rain pictures.  Some real good photos of pictures taken in the rain, or stormy weather.  Bless those photographers who are willing to do this.
Wednesday:  A compilation of cameras and gear from the manufactures of weatherproof / waterproof cameras that are available to us, that you can consider for your addition to your collection to take in case of inclement weather.
Thursday, March 17th,:  Photos of the Week
Friday:  March 18th:  Special Edition of Photos of certain subjects or photographers.