Essential Tips for Street Photography in the Rain

Working in the rain can be an exciting but challenging experience. It’s not just about the weather; it’s about how you prepare and what you look for in those conditions. Rainy days offer unique opportunities to capture reflections, colors, and moods that you wouldn't get on a sunny day. 

Coming to you from 7th Era, this informative video offers practical tips for anyone looking to venture out with their camera in wet weather. First, don’t make the mistake of rushing out unprepared. The video starts with a humorous yet cautionary tale of how not to do it. Imagine being out there, soaked to the skin, and then realizing your gear isn't protected. It's a recipe for disaster. So, the first essential tip is to protect your camera. A simple plastic bag can save your equipment. Weather-sealed cameras can only do so much when it's pouring.

Next, consider how to keep yourself dry. An umbrella can be more effective than a raincoat, as it allows you to focus more on your shots without worrying about getting wet. Plus, umbrellas add an extra element of comfort, creating a cozy space where you can concentrate on your photography.

When it comes to what to shoot, reflections are your best friend. Look for buildings or puddles that create interesting reflections. A puddle by itself might not seem exciting, but add some good lighting, like a red neon sign, and you’ve got a compelling shot. Good lighting makes the water drops stand out, transforming a dull puddle into an artistic element.

Umbrellas are another fantastic subject. People scurrying around with their umbrellas during a heavy downpour create dynamic and engaging scenes. There are various ways to capture these moments. You can isolate a single person walking with an umbrella for a simple, clean shot. Alternatively, capture the chaos at a busy street corner, focusing on the mass of umbrellas and the interplay of light and color. For a unique perspective, shoot from a higher vantage point. This top-down view can be visually striking, showing both the umbrellas and their reflections.

The mindset is equally important when shooting in the rain. Embrace the conditions and look for creative opportunities. Each puddle, each reflection, and each umbrella offers a new way to see and capture the world around you. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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