Why Shooting in the Rain Can Give You Great Landscape Photos

Most people would rather not spend a cold, rainy day standing outside in the elements, but then again, photographers aren't most people. This great video shows why grabbing your camera and heading out into the rain will help you get some great shots.

Coming to you from Nigel Danson, this awesome video talks about the benefits of landscape photography in the rain. Beyond what Danson details, I've also found a few benefits. First, it's simply a different look, and in a genre that's absolutely saturated, that's always an asset. Second, wet foliage tends to catch light and really glisten, which can give your images a very sparkly quality. At the same time, try using a polarizing filter if you're seeing too much glare and reflections to bring back some color in the leaves and greenery. Last, rainy days tend to bring about clouds (of course), and clouds often make for much more interesting skies by adding a bit of mood and visual interest to what's otherwise a nice but possibly bland look. While you need to take reasonable precautions to protect your gear (using a lens hood, covering the camera and lens), shooting in the rain (or just after) is definitely worth trying out. Check out the video above for more. 

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Geoff Thompson's picture

I couldn't agree more with this. It can also apply to wedding photography also provided you don't get you wedding party drenched.I love walking through a patch of scrub or forest after the rain in particular.Also in Australia the birds love it and also complement your experience with their calls.The bottom shot was taken in outback Australia when the ground was still wet giving saturated colours.

Great photographs. Especially love the rich color of the second one and its contrast to the trees.

Geoff Thompson's picture

Thanks dan. The bottom one is one of my favourites and I have printed it at various sizes.Some people actually have it on their walls. It is very outback Australia.The trees are actually low shrubs.This shot is on one of the rolling red sand hills of Central Australian deserts.I suppose it might look like a drone shot to the un-initiaited.

Great topic but it's kind of annoying that he talks about great views while the camera is trained on him instead of those views.

Michael Holst's picture

Watch the entire video.

I did. He showed some nice views but I'm talking more about the editing than the footage.