Photography in the Rain: Tips and Advice
Just because the rain starts doesn't mean the photography has to stop. Often the hardest things when working in all conditions is dealing with sensitive and valuable camera equipment. In my experience often the gear is far better at this and less vulnerable than you think (play at your own risk) and when working as a press photographer you often have no choice but to keep on shooting.
Practical Tips:A Chamois Leather Lens Cloth
Use a Lens Hood
A lens hood is normally to stop flare from the sun but they do shelter lenses from rain spots. Particularly the bigger ones on longer telephoto lenses such as the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 and f4.
Protect your Gear
Be sensible and keep as much of your gear tucked away in your bag as you can. If you have a camera on your shoulder then tuck it under your arm. If your working with flash be aware that if water gets on the hot shoe between flash and camera body all hell can break lose and it all behaves very oddly. If this happens a quick wipe with a trusty chamois will normally sort things out.
Water is a solid substance in the air and therefore affected like any other visible body by flash or depth of field. If you want to make a feature of the rain you can back-light it with flash or/and shot with the widest aperture to give you a shallow depth of field. If your shooting without flash a shutter speed of 1/200th second is important to fix the rain drops and stop them blurring.
If you want to hide the rain try a slower shutter speed and don't use flash. A final not of caution. Using direct flash will simply light up the rain drops in front of the camera!
n, rain, rain.....ah the British summer.
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