April showers bring May flowers, but spring’s sloshy conditions can put a damper on your photo plans. No worries: With a few smart switches, you can keep on snapping even when Mother Nature brings the rain.
- Take an umbrella: This rainy day essential not only provides coverage from the elements, it makes a great prop. If your subject is carrying an umbrella, it immediately sets the scene. Consider including reflective puddles in your shots to really illustrate the wet weather.
- Be prepared to take cover: Planning ahead can make all the difference. Pack a lightweight poncho and a disposable plastic bag. The poncho will protect you while the plastic bag keeps your camera dry. Punch a small hole in the bag to give the camera lens an unobstructed view.
- Keep a microfiber cloth in your camera bag: Use it to wipe lenses dry without scratching them the way your clothing could.
- Shoot raindrops: Use a macro mode on a point-and-shoot camera to snap a close shot of tiny raindrops. They’ll look particularly perfect when photographed atop a dark or colorful object.
- Photograph foliage: Drizzly days aren’t the best for capturing the same bright colors you could on a sunny day. However, the change in lighting that wet weather brings can really make greenery pop. Choose a location with loads of lush plants and trees, like a nature reserve or park. If you have an advanced camera, read this Canon article to learn more about settings that can help you capture the more saturated look of rainy day foliage.
Check out this roundup of impressive rain photos. What scenery inspires you to snap wet weather shots?
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