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Tips on Taking Pictures in the Rain

Mysterious Mountain

Clouds Hanging Low over Rocky Mountain, Taken in a Slow Rain

Clouds Hanging Low over Rocky Mountain, Taken in a Slow Rain

Rocky Mountains and Clouds

Rocky Mountains Just After a Rain Shower

Rocky Mountains Just After a Rain Shower

Bearded Iris Just After a Rain

Rain drops on bearded iris.

Rain drops on bearded iris.

Tips on Taking Beautiful Nature Pictures in the Rain

Here are a few tips on how to take good pictures in rainy conditions, for us die-hard photographers, who are not going to let a little rain get in our way. Have you ever planned a photography trip and find out that there is a little rain forecast for that day? Have you been out taking pictures on a beautiful spring day and find yourself caught in the rain? Have you ever wanted to take pictures of storm clouds? You are probably going to get a little wet! Here are some tips to help you take beautiful nature pictures in the rain and how to keep you and your equipment dry.

The rain gives nature a shower and everything looks so clean and the colors and more saturated. The leaves of trees are greener and the bark is darker. Grasses show their natural colors more brilliantly. The darker sky is going to set a “mood” for your pictures and the light and shadows issue isn’t going to be a problem. If you are lucky you can catch the rays of the sun as they break throught the clouds or maybe even a rainbow!

Look for interesting reflections in puddles of water, such as reflections of trees or flowers. Maybe you can get the reflection of the storm clouds themselves. Take pictures of interesting leaves or branches dripping from the rain. Flower petals are lovely with rain drops on them. Look for reflections in the raindrop itself. Get up close and you might be surprised what you see in the rain drop.

One of the most important things you want to do is to protect your equipment. Here are a few things that I take with me.

  • A simple plastic bag to cover my camera and lens. It doesn’t have to be much as long as it doesn’t have a hole in it.
  • I also grab a handful of rubber bands so I can keep the bag tight where I need it.
  • A neoprene lens cover is a good thing to have anytime. Not only will it help keep the rain off your lens, it will also help protect your lens against scratches.
  • I also take a dry towel because I know something is going to get wet that shouldn’t! A smaller size hand towel should do.
  • If you use a tripod, I would spray it down, lightly, with a little silicon spray to help keep the water out of the legs.

Next, you want to protect yourself from the rain and water also. I would choose a lined nylon hoodie, with lots of pockets. In these pockets, I am going to have several things.

  • My small dry hand towel, you know you are going to need it.
  • I am going to take an extra plastic bag, just in case I need it and my rubber bands.
  • Be sure and take an extra memory card, better safe than sorry!
  • I always, always keep an extra battery with me.
  • I normally shoot with my Canon 70-300mm telephoto lens, because it gives me so much flexibility, but I will take my wide-angle lens also.
  • Last, but not least, my cell phone. I will leave it turned OFF, but it is there if I need it.

Don’t forget to wear your boots! Rubber boots are a must, there is little worse than wet, cold feet. If you are going to be out most of the day, I would also put an extra pair of dry socks in the car. One more thing…if it is spring, summer or fall, don’t forget the bug spray!

Now, the next time it is raining, instead of wishing you could go out take some pictures, you can go out and get some really amazing shots! Have fun and stay dry!


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Comments

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on June 20, 2015:

Thank you poetryman! It's not often I get out in the actual rain to take pictures anymore. In my younger days I found it fun and challenging.

poetryman6969 on June 18, 2015:

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Some interesting tips on wet photography.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 12, 2015:

I don't know about dancing in the rain, but I do love to walk in the rain, in warm weather of course! Thank you for stopping by!

RTalloni on April 01, 2015:

Shooting in the rain rates right up there with dancing in the rain. :) Thanks for sharing some useful tips. I need to find some summer weight rubber boots…

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on February 20, 2015:

Sheila, you have shared some good tips.

I love your photography.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on May 15, 2013:

Hello photo-medic! I love taking pictures just before a rain. The clouds usually make such interesting backgrounds and sometimes subjects. After a rain is good too, everything is so clean and glistening. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, it is always appreciated. :)

photo-medic on May 13, 2013:

I love getting out in the rain taking pictures, thanks for sharing.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 18, 2013:

Hi moonlake! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub. I think the older I get, the colder the weather gets! I don't get out much in the cold weather anymore. I don't mind a little rain in the spring or summer, but I don't get out much in the snow. Luckily, it doesn't snow much here. Thank you for stopping by and I appreciate your vote up and more! Have a great day! :)

moonlake from America on February 18, 2013:

Enjoyed your hub very helpful information. Voted up and more. I would love to be out taking pictures right now with the snow but just to cold for me.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 03, 2013:

Hello raydevlin! Yes, taking pictures in the snow can also be hazardous to you as well as your eqipment. Thank you for the great comment! Have a wonderful day! :)

Ray Devlin from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2013:

Great article. I would add that taking shots in the snow can be just as hazardous, but that i quite often purposefully go out into this type of weather!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on January 05, 2013:

Hi Au fait! As I have gotten a little older, I have become more of a "warm weather" photographer. We gave our daughter my old "good" camera and she takes a lot of pictures, but she is still not hooked like I am. Thank you for stopping by and he vote up! Have a wonderful day! :)

C E Clark from North Texas on January 05, 2013:

Great ideas and advice! I used to take pictures of everything, but somehow lost interest along the way. Now my daughter takes pictures of everything! Voted up +

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 20, 2012:

Thank you Froggyfish! I would love to have you accompany me! Thank you for your kind words and compliment. I very much appreciate it. Have a wonderful day!

frogyfish from Central United States of America on September 19, 2012:

I'd love to tag along on your photography walks. I only tried rain-shoots once with my point and shoot, but didn't go great. Your pix are absolutely beautiful, here and elsewhere!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on August 11, 2012:

Hi jusbeth16. It's not very often that I intend on taking pictures in the rain, but I love to be out just before and just after a rain, so I sometimes get caught by it. However, if I have traveled someplace special and it begins to rain, I am not going to let that stop me from taking the pictures I wanted. Thank you for stopping in, reading and commenting. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day!

jusbeth16 on August 10, 2012:

I have yet to master taking pictures in rain, though i do love pictures that are taken after a nice rain. Raindrops always add something special to the picture.

Guest on July 31, 2012:

Very interesting and helpful! I love taking photos and really enjoyed these tips! Thank you!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on July 30, 2012:

Hello pringoooals! I love to take pictures when a rain is coming in. Sometimes I get caught in it and sometimes I make it without getting wet. So I gave my advice for those who are like me and sometimes get caught in the rain, which can make for some good pictures too! Thank you for stopping in, reading and commenting on my hub, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

Karina from Edinburgh on July 30, 2012:

That was really interesting. I've never actually tried to make images in the rain because I was afraid of my equipment. That sounds like a really good idea. Thanks

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on July 11, 2012:

Hello Suhail! I do love taking pictures of approaching rain storms, as long as there is not any hail or tonados expected. My DSLR is the only camera I have, so I just load up my "stuff" and go. Thank you for such a wonderful comment. I'm glad you found my hub useful. Have a wonderful day!

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on July 11, 2012:

What a nice hub. I really enjoyed reading it and learned a great deal.

I love taking pictures in rain and snow. I particularly like rainstorm as it approaches over the mountains. I usually use my waterproof / underwater camera for doing that, while my digital SLR is tucked away.

My family members and I have more enjoyable memories of our exploits when it was raining cats and dogs, ney - bulls and elephants. Hence, the reason for taking pictures using wp/uw point and shoot camera.

I absolutely agree with you in having fun taking pictures in the rain and thank you for the advice.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on June 26, 2012:

Hello leakeem! It can be discouraging when you are worrying that everything is going to get wet, including yourself. I just like a light rain and especially afterwards, everything has a clean look to it. I'm glad you found my hub useful. Thank you for your comment and have a wonderful day! :)

leakeem from Earth on June 26, 2012:

Great Tips! I always get discouraged taking pictures when rain is about to fall because it's risky if you don't have waterproof gear. Thanks for Sharing!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on June 19, 2012:

Hello photostudiosupply. I love taking pictures, anything in nature is my favorite subject. I am glad you enjoyed my hub. Thank you for your kind comments! Have a great day!

photostudiosupply from Rochester, New York on June 19, 2012:

Very helpful tips! I love photography and like such helping tips. Thank you for publishing a great hub!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on May 26, 2012:

Hello Steven. Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you enjoyed my hub. I enjoy taking pictures either as a storm is coming in or has just passed. I love it after it rains! Thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

Steven Gray from Pensacola, Florida on May 26, 2012:

Great advice and tips. There is something very special about good photos taken in the rain, and your hub does a great job of making an inviting prospect.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 22, 2012:

Hello anusujith. Thank you so much for stopping in for your kind comment and vote up. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day. :)

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on April 20, 2012:

Good tips sgbrown. informative hub.voted up.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 19, 2012:

LOL! Hi Trahn, no that wasn't too much. You made me smile first thing this morning, thank you! I haven't noticed too much color change, but I usually adjust my white balance post production. Actually I have never used a white balance color chart. If I go to a lot of trouble when taking my pictures, it takes too much fun out of it for me. :) Thank you for stopping in, commenting and making me smile this morning! Have a beautiful day! :)

TrahnTheMan from Asia, Oceania & between on April 19, 2012:

The pleasure's mine sg! One more rain question: do you find the color temperature skews in rain (compared to overcast) condition? And do you see a shift in tint towards green? Sometimes I use a color chart for white balance reference but in the rain it does become a pain (even on the plains of Spain--OK that was too much!)?

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 13, 2012:

Hi Ruby Rose!:) Of course, it is not my intent that you go out during a rainstorm, be cautious. But if you want to take pictures in a light rain, you will know what to do. I really like being outside when there is a light rain. It cools everything off and everything is so pretty! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day! :)

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on April 13, 2012:

Yae, now even on the rainy days around here I can still take awesome pictures. What a wonderful hub, thank you!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 26, 2012:

Hello Trahan! Yes, I do less saturation and contrast processing when the sky is overcast. Very good! Depending on how overcast, I may do a little extra brightening. Thank you for taking time to read and comment on my hub! It is always appreciated. Have a wonderful day!

TrahnTheMan from Asia, Oceania & between on March 26, 2012:

Really helpful concise hub- thanks! Do you find you do less post processing in shots taken in the rain because of the natural saturation and contrast levels are higher?

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 25, 2012:

Hello ripplemaker. Thank youfor visiting my hub as well. Good luck with your book and "your next project". I am sure you will do wonderfully! Have a great day! :)

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on March 24, 2012:

Thanks for visiting my leaves hub...and for the comment. I should take the time to learn how to take more wonderful shots. After I am done with my book, that will be my next project. :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 24, 2012:

Hi ripplemaker! Thank you for your kind words and visiting my website! :) There are some point and shoot cameras that can take really good pictures. What is the name of the hub you published with the leaves? I would love to see it? A big part of taking good picturs is composition and lighting.

Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on March 24, 2012:

I love nature photography and your photo is awesome. Took a peek at your website and enjoyed browsing through them. Can one take good shots with point and shoot cameras? I published a hub with pictures of leaves on them. I don't know if a better camera would have made it incredible. :)

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 14, 2012:

Hello MyOfficeBooks. I am glad I was able to help! Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub. It is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)

MyOfficeBooks from Brisbane on March 14, 2012:

You actually answered a couple of questions that I have been trying to solve with photography in the rain. Thank you for sharing this information!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 13, 2012:

Hi Peggy! Thank you for your kind words. I have been known to get caught out in the rain before. I learned most of these tips from experience! Thank you so much for reading, voting and sharing. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day! :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2012:

Your Rocky Mountain photo is so beautiful. These are good tips for shooting photos in the rain. I usually dash out after a rain to get those photos of the raindrops on petals of plants, etc., and only have a simple digital camera. But as you say, the colors are more saturated and it is a great time to take photos. Voted useful, interesting and will share with my followers + tweet.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 02, 2012:

Hi wheelinallover! Thank you for your kind comment. Yes,that can get expensive trying to repair or replace camera and equipment. Thank you for commenting and sharing! Have a wonderful day!! :)

Dennis Thorgesen from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S. on March 02, 2012:

Great tips wet cameras and gear can end up costing. I have had unprotected camera cases get soaked through. With pre-digital cameras I have actually taken shots under water with only a clear plastic bag and a rubber band.

At the moment I know my camera forgot I exist. I spend very little time outside in the winter. I am not thinking about taking pictures while I am. Inside the house every inch has been photographed more than once and video's taken also.

Thanks for sharing, voted up and interesting. You can find it on facebook.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 06, 2012:

Thank you Peg! I am not much of a bad weather photographer, I have to be in just the right mood to get wet. That picture was taken while I was in Colorado on a business trip. The company I used to work for took us on a jeep trip up in the mountains. It was beautiful. Thank you for your comments! Have a great day! :)

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 06, 2012:

I love these tips and you're right about needing a small towel. What a good idea to keep one handy for all kinds of small needs when you're out in the rain. The extra baggie is a good idea too along with the rubber bands. And your photo is mystical!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 05, 2012:

Thank you Marcy! I don't get outside much in the winter either, but I make up for it in spring! Have a wonderful day! :)

Marcy Goodfleisch from Planet Earth on February 05, 2012:

Good tips! Photography is one of my passions, too (although my camera thinks I forgot it exists lately!). Thanks for publishing these ideas. Voted up & useful.

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