December 8, 2014

12 Days of Tips #4: Shooting in the Rain (or Snow)

Yup, I said rain… in December. This week our area is forecast to get an unseasonable amount of rain which will bring new and interesting photographic opportunities.

Aside from bringing an umbrella (which can make a great prop in addition to protecting your gear and your subject) there are several techniques you can use to get creative in a downpour or snowstorm.


Found in puddles or sheets of ice these make for great mirrors to reflect whatever subject lies above, be it landscapes, people or anything else.

Frozen Lake Winter Landscape Reflection

Sample image courtesy of Ben J

Snowflakes and Raindrops

While the precipitation is falling our first thought it usually to take cover, but this can be the best time to get creative.  Try using a bit of flash or other light source (car headlights, flashlights, etc) to front light or better yet backlight the subject.  This will light up the rain drops or snow flakes like a christmas tree and give your subject a great silhouette. If front lighting make sure to dial down the light source so you don’t blow out your subject or the droplets in front of their face.

Splash or Throw!

Got puddles? Splash! Got snow? Throw!  Get wild and get wet!

Splashing in Rain Puddle with Boots

Sample image courtesy of Photography

Want to know how to properly expose tricky scenes like reflections or backlit subjects? Hit the classes page for information on our 101 to 104 introductory series or the many other classes coming in January!

Know someone who is into photography but not sure what to get them for a gift? Give the gift of knowledge by snagging a Photography Class Gift Certificate from Exposure at 351 Victoria St. Hurry, they’re going fast!

With all the talk about reflections and adding light why not give away a mini foldable 2-in-1 reflector!  It could be yours if you follow the contest guidelines and get yourself into the draw.

2-in-1 Foldable Reflector

2-in-1 Foldable Reflector

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