10 steps for shoot­ing in rain

Amateur Photographer - - Technique -

1 Choose your lo­ca­tion care­fully

Ur­ban ar­eas make great sub­jects in the rain. Sur­faces such as wet tar­mac re­flect beau­ti­fully, es­pe­cially at night.

2 Judge the di­rec­tion of the rain

If it’s blow­ing to­wards you, your lens’s front el­e­ment will soon be cov­ered in droplets.

3 Use a UV fil­ter

It’s far bet­ter to get mois­ture on the fil­ter, rather than on your ex­pen­sive lens.

4 Clean your lens

Keep check­ing the front of your lens, and have a clean mi­crofi­bre cloth avail­able to clean off any droplets.

5 Try hand­held

Don’t as­sume you should al­ways use a tri­pod. Con­sider shoot­ing hand­held, too.

6 In­crease the ISO if nec­es­sary

The sen­sors on mod­ern DSLRs are quite ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing ex­cel­lent re­sults, even with the ISO set to 4000.

7 Use a long lens

I am a fan of us­ing long lenses when cap­tur­ing weather – you can then shoot from a shel­tered spot.

8 Al­ways have a lens hood at­tached

An­other ad­van­tage of us­ing a long lens, as their hoods tend to be very deep.

9 Ex­per­i­ment with shut­ter speeds

A slow shut­ter speed is great, but try us­ing a faster one, par­tic­u­larly when there are fig­ures in frame.

10 Keep your cam­era dry

Per­son­ally, I find pur­pose-made cam­era rain sleeves too elab­o­rate, and pre­fer us­ing a sim­ple plas­tic bag or even a cheap shower cap.

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