10 steps for shooting in rain
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.