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Top KAPA Tips to Photograph in the Rain

Posted on: June 25, 2017 at 7:11 am

When you photographing candid images in the outdoors things can really some to a standstill if it starts to rain. The first thing to do is protect yourself! Wear the right rain gear…Here’s a quick tip to continue for a few min in the rain (not heavy rain mind you!). Simple take a plastic bag, cut a hole in it; take off the lens UV filter, position the plastic bag hole on the lens, and screw the filter back on. An additional lens hood over the filter helps keep out stray drops of rain from settling on your filter. This makes a quick, makeshift camera raincoat. But do keep in mind, this wouldn’t work in heavy rain. To shoot in extreme weather conditions you will need a dedicated weather sealed protective camera skin.

When photographing in the rain, no doubt you would want to capture raindrops in your images. For this, use higher shutter speeds. Anything below 1/125 and you probably wont be able to see the rain in your images.

As for aperture, you probably need a long depth of field, to capture the raindrops across the foreground and background. For this, we recommend an aperture of f8 or f11 if not more. Needless to say, using a high shutter speed AND a small aperture usually means that you will need a high ISO setting as well – 1600 or above to make the aperture-shutter combination work.

Also, you will quickly realize that photographing rain against a darker background tends to make the raindrops stand out more…

Image credits, and more tips on photodoto.