Whether you are on vacation or on location for a photo shoot, nothing can put a damper on a great photo opportunity than bad weather. At Michael Broyles Photography, we have dodged a few rain drops ourselves over the years and have learned to roll with the punches. You can too, and while a rainy day may not be your ideal setting for a great shot, there are things you can do to make the most of the weather Mother Nature throws at you. Here are four ways to embrace the rain when taking photos outside on a not so ideal day.
Protect Your Equipment
Investing in protective gear for your camera and photography equipment is money well spent, regardless if you take pictures outside on a regular basis or not. Look for camera bags that are water and wind resistant, ideally with a built-in rain cover. You may also want to purchase a separate rain cover for your camera; just be aware that rain covers come in all shapes and sizes and the largest ones can be cumbersome to carry around in your camera bag every day. Choose one that works best for your needs. And don’t forget your camera lens. A UV filter can protect your lens from windblown debris and other elements of wet, stormy weather.
Work with Available Light
Overcast days can be great for outdoor photography since the sun’s glare can create all sorts camera issues. This is especially the case for nature photography. Photographs of water bodies and forests can benefit from the natural filter created by clouds, and in some cases a light misting of rain can actually enhance a scene, darkening rocks and saturating colorful trees, flowers, and plants. If the rain itself is the focus of your photography, position yourself so that you are shooting toward a light source, like a streetlight or the sun peeking through the clouds. This technique, called backlighting, makes rain more visible.
Focus on Reflections
As hinted at above, it can be hard to see rain as it is coming down. If you would rather capture the aftermath of a rainstorm, look to puddles and wet surfaces as your mediums of choice. Acting like mirrors, they reflect available light and have the potential to transform an otherwise gloomy scene into something more magical. You can also look to puddles for reflections that re-interpret your surroundings, providing opportunities to try your hand at abstract photo composition.
Make Raindrops Your Subject
If you really want to focus on the details, get up close and personal with raindrops. From fast moving droplets to a handful sitting a glass surface, the raindrop can be a beautiful subject to capture in its own right. Look for droplets on a variety of surfaces and natural elements, such as hanging from a twig, balancing on a flower petal, or defining the outline of a spider web. Experiment with using your flash to light up raindrops. This technique can be tricky and you will need to turn the flash down, but it can add a pop of color.
Raining outside? Have your photo taken inside at Michael Broyles Photography. Call us today to schedule a consultation and to learn about some of the promotions we are running during the month of August.