How To Shoot The Rain?

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I was having a quiet vacation with my family in our summer cottage last week, when suddenly the sky turned dark grey and it started to rain so heavily, that I had ever before seen such waterfall from the sky.

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And it didn't stop. It just rained, and rained, and rained. Our backyard seemed so fresh and beautiful behind the watery curtain, that I grabbed my camera, opened the window and started to shoot.

I tried everything, slower shutter speed, faster shutter speed, auto focusing, manual focusing, but all I got was our beautiful green backyard and a little bit darkish sky. That's all. No raindrops, no smoky rain lines, nothing. Just a little bit cloudy summer day.

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I found here some great rainshoots. How are, you guys, doing it? How do you freeze those drops on your photos?

I need some good advice for the next weepy day.

Photo credits: Anita Patterson Peppers, Janpietruszka, Steve Simzer, Alexander Zhiltsov.

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August 13, 2007


nice pics

August 09, 2007


Thank you, Alexander! BTW, I just reread a great page about shooting it the bad weather: Tips for Shooting in Bad Weather by Wendy Green ( Photography/Tips/Articles/tipsforshootinginbadweather.htm?isfa=1/link). Very interesting. There are some tips, how to protect the camera too.

August 09, 2007


I take my picture about a year ago. It was simply rainy day. For that image i set ISO = 800 for shutter speed 1/125s, and thats it.
The real problem for me is how cover camera from water because i havent MarkII or something...

August 08, 2007


There is only one way to capture rain (or so-called rain) in a shot like this. You need to use a shutter speed of 1/60 sec and nothing else. And also you need plenty of sun. Yes this is true, and you need the sun to be in front of you. A lot of these shots are done using a springler from the garden. SSo if you need to shoot the rain falling on something and have the drops showing some great blurry movement, 1/60 is the trick and always against the sun. Take a look at this image of mine:

It was shot this way. Regards - Andreas

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