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Rain does not have to stop play...

This wet summer weather has made me think about the lost opportunities for getting out and taking photos, but wet weather shouldn't be seen as an obstacle in photography but as another chance to be creative. As someone who takes photos for fun, as well as a service for my customers I am aware that rainy days can stop the most keen photograther from getting out to take pictures.

We should not allow the rain to determine if we can take pictures; use this change of weather creatively with your photography. You have a few options: stay indoors and photograph still life, venture outside and hope for a break in the clouds and lovely lighting (maybe even a rainbow or two!), or go to the garden and snap pictures of natural subjects after the rain has ceased.

Here are some ideas to try:

Beautiful raindrops. In order to capture detailed images of raindrops on leaves, flowers, or other surfaces, it's recommended to use a macro lens. Try using a slow shutter speed to help capture the raindrops' movement or a fast shutter speed to freeze them in a moment of time.

Rain-covered windows. When raindrops collect on a window, they can create a gentle and diffused effect, adding an interesting element to your photographs. You can use this effect to capture portraits, landscapes, or abstract images through the rain-covered window.

Capture the mood. Rainy days offer an excellent opportunity to capture the unique perspective of the weather. Consider experimenting with long exposures to capture the movement of a shower or utilizing dark and moody colours to create an atmospheric effect.

Play with reflections. Rainy days provide a perfect opportunity to experiment with reflections in photography. Consider capturing reflections from puddles, windows, or even wet umbrellas held by people to add an interesting dimension to your pictures.

Creative umbrellas. Using umbrellas in photography can be a fun and creative way to enhance your shots. Experiment with capturing people holding umbrellas or incorporating them to create abstract patterns and add interest to your photos. Colourful umbrellas can be like artificial rainbows.

Cityscape from high and low. Cityscapes can be enhanced by rainy days, adding a unique atmosphere. To capture the rain's effect on the city, you can take photos from a high vantage point or capture the reflections in puddles by getting closer to the ground.

Document the everyday. Rainy days are a great time to document the everyday. Try shooting someone walking their dog, kids playing in the rain, or even raindrops falling on your window.

Quick tips:
  • Vary your shutter speed to freeze the movement of the raindrops or create a blur.

  • Use a wide aperture to let in more light and create a shallow depth of field.

  • Use a tripod to keep your camera steady, especially with a slow shutter speed.

  • Experiment with different compositions and angles.

  • Don't be afraid to get creative!

So with some creativity, you can create all sorts of exciting and unique photos on a rainy day. Rain does not have to 'stop play'.
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