Rain Photography Essentials

“What if it rains?” This is a question that every professional and amateur photographer will hear eventually. We’re living in a golden age of photographic technology with photography possible under all kinds of circumstances and situations.

Rain can be subtle or it can be dramatic, but for photographers it gives a unique photographic opportunity that most people don’t understand until they see it in an image. Rain can seem like a scary proposition, but with a little preparation one can handle even the craziest of storms capturing amazing images. Let’s explore how.

rain photography tips

Photo by Piotr Mamnaimie; ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/60 exposure.

Have a Raincoat for Your Camera

There are several options of protective camera gear. The real problem is whether you have it at the right time. It’s always advisable to carry protective gear that is flexible and doesn’t take up too much space in your camera backpack so that you can have it every day.


A common coincidence with umbrellas: “If you have them, you won’t need them! But if you leave them, you’ll wish you had them.” Umbrellas keep your subjects dry and happy,as well as add some fun to your compositions. Most photographers don’t have a set of attractive umbrellas on hand, so it’s worthy to invest in a few decent and colorful umbrellas for rainy day photography. If you’re planning to buy some, go for brightly colored umbrellas with fun patterns, which can add a touch of color to a dull day.

candid camera

Photo by Mitchell Joyce; ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/125 exposure.

Plastic Bags

Even if it stops raining, you still have to be prepared. The ground will be wet and can affect your posing. Plastic bags can keep your subjects dry and also keep you dry if you want to lay down for a unique perspective.

floral nature photograph

Photo by Flickr user maf04.


Raindrops can be accentuated quite noticeably with different light sources. Find light sources like a streetlight at night or the sun breaking through the clouds and shoot toward it. And remember, the umbrella that you carry can serve as a lens shade.

Go for Rainy Emotions

People react to rain with a gamut of emotions, from the astounding joy of children to sullen anxiety of rain-drenched commuters. Take pictures of those emotions and make great rain pictures.

Remember that wonderful images can be taken in the rain. Rain gives you the chance to break from routine and get some creative shots.

About the Author:
Sujith Raj is a parttime blogger and a fulltime photography enthusiast. He also works for clickme2.com as a dealer of camera equipment and accessories.

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  1. One of my fav rain photos by Pete S. from the White House photo office.

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