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Tips For Shooting In Wet Weather Conditions

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Rains tend to add a lot of beauty to the environment, washing away the dirt from city streets to give them a cleaner look. It gives photographers a chance to capture beautiful scenery in a fresh new perspective. The challenge is finding a good shot while at the same time, keeping your camera dry and undamaged. Here are a few tips you could follow to ensure that your photography equipment remains safe.

 

  1. Preparation:
  • Purchase a water-proof bag: Regardless of where you generally take pictures, it is a good idea to invest in a water-proof backpack or shoulder bag where you can keep your camera and other supporting equipment.
  • Use camera covers: Jackets, rain coats or rain sleeves help in keeping your equipment protected from the rain. It is best to get a cover that is not heavy or bulky.
  • Carry a protective hood for the lens: The hood will keep raindrops from falling on the lens. If the wind is directed towards your face while shooting, the hood may not help much, but it will protect against vertical rain or drizzle.
  • Carry dry cloth: It would be wise to carry a few pieces of dry, clean hand towels which you can use to wipe your camera equipment if it gets wet. Make sure that the cloth is absorptive and light.
     

  1. Execution:
  • Search for cover: Trees, awnings and porches are all helpful during a rain. Try to adjust yourself in such a way that the rain is not directed towards the camera.
  • Exposure: Your exposure settings need to be adjusted accordingly while you are under some cover, as the intensity of light under trees and structures is much lower.
  • Try to not use flash: Raindrops reflect the light, which may impact your shot. However, instead of switching off the flash completely, try experimenting with the intensity of the flash.
  • Back-lit raindrops: Raindrops light up well when there is a light source in the background, like headlights, streetlights or the sun. Cameras can better capture the rain when aiming towards the light source, but aiming directly into it would result in over-exposure. Try and find a good angle which would give you the perfect shot.
  • Use reflections: Glittering lights in reflections generally give a beautiful, symmetrical look to the setting. Wet streets at night offer great photographic opportunity, especially to use reflections to your advantage.

 

 

Remember to keep yourself dry during your session, so that you can be comfortable. A good idea would be to shoot from inside a car, by having the rain hitting the other side of the vehicle. Above all, instead of looking at rain as a problem, look at it as an opportunity to capture some truly breathtaking and dramatic shots.

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