I was out shooting in a stiff, cold sprinkle last night as a cold front blew in right at dark and found myself thinking about what it takes to get the photographs we want when it’s raining. Rain photography is special: there’s a quality to the light, in both the rain and the foggy mist, both before and after dark, which can make for fantastic images.
I had my umbrella and chamois cloth, along with one camera, one lens, and a very wet tripod, working on some long exposures of this lit-up, glowing cupola, trying to keep the front element of the lens dry between shots.
Many people are scared to venture out in the rain to shoot, but you don’t need to be. As long as you’re prepared for what you’ll encounter, it’s an adventure that you need to take.
Decent dexterity helps: you have to balance the umbrella, tripod, chamois cloth and camera, but it’s well worth the effort. You’ll make images that you’d otherwise never experience and you’ll come back a better photographer.
Extra Quick Tip: rain covers from Fotosharp (http://www.fotosharp.com) are fantastic, and inexpensive. I highly recommend them. If it’s really pouring down, your gear deserves its own dedicated rain coat.
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