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A Downpour of Beauty: Rain Photography Tips and Inspirations

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It is much easier to take pictures when the sun is up but when it rains, we would run for cover because we do not want to get wet. But we are certain that you can see how beautiful the rain is even when you are indoors. There are people who feel happy when it rains while there are others who feel sad. Some feel inspired and would write, draw, design and do other things that they love. But aside from the changing mood of people as affected by the cold rain, it can also help maintain the balance in nature.

You can also do other things when it rains aside from staying indoors, facing your computer or watching TV. Why don’t you grab your camera and explore the beauty that the rain pours to us? There are different things that you need to look into before you go out. So before starting with rain photography, why don’t you check the tips below and get some inspiration from photographs taken in the rain.

1. Protect your gear.

Protect your gear

It is important that you protect your camera and your lens from the rain. That is why you need to buy rain covers for your gear. There are different rain covers that you can get. Choose those that are not too bulky and easy to bring along with you everywhere you go. Also, protect yourself by wearing a raincoat and boots, too. You can also take an umbrella but that would be uncomfortable when you take the shot because you would need two hands to do it. It is still safer to get rain covers for you and your gear as well.

2. Shoot from indoors.

Shoot from indoors

You can also try taking shot from indoors. Glass with dripping rain can also look good and appear more dramatic. But you can also go indoors and take pictures of the outdoor scene. This way, you won’t get wet and you won’t need to use rain covers. However, you still need to wipe your camera dry after exposure to the humid surroundings.

3. Shoot from your car.

Shoot from your car

Your car is also an ideal place to take a picture of the rain. There are many people who do this since you will be able to navigate more areas while inside the car. Look for spots that are interesting for you and park there. You can then take pictures of whatever subjects you have seen that would look good in your picture.

4. Look for reflections.

Look for reflections

You would find it hard to take pictures of the reflections if there is a downpour. But you can wait for a while when the rain starts to stop. You will be able to see some reflections in the streets which look lovely. Even mere puddles can have amazingly lovely reflections on it.

5. Get a shot of the surroundings.

Get a shot of the surroundings

Using flash will light up the raindrops. So, you have to adjust it like -3.0 stops in order to get good results of the rain. You can also try shooting without flash for this can minimize its effect on the rain (if the rain is just light and not a downpour). The rain will merely be seen on the background if you use natural light instead of using flash. But you have to experiment with your flash so you can get the perfect shot you need.

6. Shoot people in the rain.

Shoot people in the rain

People look good in the rain especially that the rain creates different reactions and emotions. They will look interesting with or without the umbrella. But the umbrella is also a good prop when taking photos in the rain. You can look for people who show interesting reactions and actions. People running away from the rain can be good. Kids taking a bath in the rain are also good. But there could be more dramatic scenes that you can get too.

7. Look for interesting subjects.

Look for interesting subjects

When it is raining, there are so many things that you can take pictures of aside from people. The environment can be a good subject. Even leaves floating on rain water or the reflection of tall buildings on the water. Animals can also be good subjects. You can also experiment with objects like paper boats and others. The more creative your subjects are, the more interesting it will be.

8. Take a picture after the rain.

Take a picture after the rain

When the rain stops, you are given another opportunity to take pictures. Like what we have mentioned, reflections can look good even after the rain. You can also look for subjects with traces of rain like a leaf with raindrops on it.

9. Shoot raindrops.

Shoot raindrops

Raindrops create interesting patterns on an object and on plants. Take a picture of it. They look unique and lovely especially when found in nature. Dripping raindrops from water pipes and tress can also be good subjects.

10. Do macro shots.

Do macro shots

Get closer to your subject by doing macro shots. This way, you will not only get the details of the subject but you will also get a closer shot of the raindrops. Macro photos taken after the rain look amazingly beautiful and so full of life. Find an angle that can give emphasis to the raindrops and the reflections. Read more about this at 10 Relevant Tips for an Effective Macro Photography.

11. Look for light sources.

Look for light sources

Of course, you would need light in taking pictures. You can get light from street lights if you take pictures at night. On day time, you can use natural light. But you have to make sure that you will not use too much light for it will expose the raindrops and the resulting image may not be that good. Experiment with your source of light, too.

12. Capture emotion.

Capture emotion

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People in the rain look more dramatic. It seems that their emotions are being brought to a higher feel because of the effect of the rain. Laughing people look totally happy. Even lovers kissing under the rain creates a romantic scene. Sad people also look sadder. Look for people in the rain with different emotions and you will come up with amazing outputs.

See the Drama of Photographs in the Rain

After getting some tips, we will be giving you rain photography inspirations. For sure, these photos will make you appreciate rain even more and might even move you to go out and explore your environment when it rains. And do not forget to look for interesting subjects. Check out the photos below and see the drama of rain photography:

Rain

Rain
This little kid surely had fun in the rain but her face shows not just joy but deep appreciation of nature.
Image: Mojab

Whitechapel

Whitechapel
With the waters in it, this aisle could tell so many stories.
Image: An Untrained Eye

Silhouette in the Rain

Silhouette in the Rain
In spite of the absence of color, this shot is amazingly beautiful.
Image: Dannyst

Rose of the Rain

Rose of the Rain
After the rain, this yellow rose looked even more dashing with the raindrops on it.
Image: Atomic Brownie

We are Walking in the Rain

We are Walking in the Rain
Isn’t this set up cute? The composition of this photograph is full of drama.
Image: Brigitte Fredensborg

Terra in the Rain

Terra in the Rain
A female’s beauty is enhanced even without showing her face through the water drops around here.
Image: Bryan Humphrey

Stormy Days

Stormy Days
This image shows that even a wild weather can look lovely.
Image: Ejp Photo

A Buddha in the Rain

A Buddha in the Rain
The rain and the sunset combined creates a wonderful scenario with a contemplating Buddhist.
Image: H.Koppdelaney

Rainy and Hot

Rainy and Hot
Stay hot and gorgeous even if you get wet in the rain like this lady who posed who seems to be waiting for someone.
Image: Torek

The Secrets of the Rain

The Secrets of the Rain
The waters in the street have reflections from the trees which is like creating a mural on the road.
Image: Rick Haigh

Rain Rain Rain

Rain Rain Rain
Taken from indoors, this is still a beautiful shot of colors and raindrops.
Image: ScENeYmE

Kissing in the Rain

Kissing in the Rain
Rain is also associated with romance same as what you can see in this shot of romantic expression.
Image: Sonja Photography

Escape from the Rain

Escape from the Rain
Running from the rain is so much fun even if it means you’ll all get wet!
Image: PetriW

Rain

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Rain
A canvas for a city scene filled with colors. The city’s details are still seen despite the blurry effect from the water.
Image: Ghostly Goblin

After it Rains

After it Rains
Experiment with your focus like this one and you will get photos with more impact.
Image: Zaratops

Islington

Islington
The blurry look of this photo due to the raindrops made it look stunning plus the addition of the red lights from the street light.
Image: Martin Osdoodles

Rain Dance 03

Rain Dance 03
Silhouettes dancing with the downpour. What a great way to shoo all the day’s stresses.
Image: fbuk

Harlequin Rain

Harlequin Rain
Looking classic while telling so many stories from this angle.
Image: iNeedChemicalX

Rain Lilies

Rain Lilies
Check out the raindrops on these lilies. They create a pattern that can never be duplicated.
Image: Age of Loss

Umbrellas in the Rain

Umbrellas in the Rain
Even in black and white, you will surely know that at this moment, it is raining.
Image: Fbuk

It’s Your Turn Now

For sure, you fell in love with the images showing various subjects in the rain. So if you had been yearning to go out and take pictures while it’s raining, you can do it now but be sure to protect your camera. And also, if you intend to change lens, do that away from the rain or else it will be damaged. We hope that these tips above as well as the photography inspiration we have given you will inspire you to try rain photography. Have you tried taking pictures of the rain? What were the things you take note of when doing it?

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  • Tommy Thomas

    Nice article,you give justice for rain.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlot.tismo Charlot Tismo

    Sunny day is not good always, there is also a bad effect like dryness,so we need rain for a good cycle.

  • Annalyn Sia

    Thank you for the good tips about taking picture in the middle of rainy days.

  • http://www.microsourcing.com/ MicroSourcing

    Looking for reflections while shooting in the rain is a great idea because they produce interesting images.

  • Arjun

    Nice collection and snap shots are very clear about rain.. I really like this article…

  • Eleonor Koke

    Inspiring post.

  • Brenda Maxwell

    It’s so cute dancing in the rain and for lovers it makes a sense of being romantic.

  • caryoung

    Rain can be useful also in making a drama scene,how nice!