How To Shoot The Rain?

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.

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.

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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nice pics


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.


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...


Thanks, Andreas. It's a beautiful pic! I'll keep your suggestions in mind next time. Thank you!


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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