How To Photograph In Bad Weather

Don’t let bad weather stop you from photographing. This is especially disappointing when you are travelling on vacation. You have only that one day to be at this place that you look forward to photograph. 

So, be creative.

Here are some examples to create images while waiting for the rain to stop.

Look for some point of interest to make your images. Colours and people will always liven the dull scene of a poor or bad weather. 

As much as possible, I will try to avoid the sky if there is not much of texture in the cloud to create something dramatic. 

The following image is an example of a dull sky which I would avoid. Instead I would look for interesting subjects without getting the sky in my picture which is shown in the next photo.

These two photographs were shot in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia. It was the opening ceremony of the nationwide summer festival called Naadam. I have only that day to document this event. It has been raining heavily for several days.

This is the time that zoom lens comes in handy, especially when you are sitting or standing at quite a distance. 

There are always some splashes of colours somewhere, be it night or day, rain or shine. 

In the following image, lights came on when the storm turned the day darker adding some colours to the dull moment. This was shot from the shop's corridor.  

Always look out for spontaneous shots especially with people, which can be quite animated. 

Make use of the puddle of water, if there is any, to create nice reflection. It would be even more interesting with colourful lights.

Always keep the camera dry. Some camera brands have well fitted rain cover. Check that out in the camera store. 

Sometimes, I use a plastic bag over my camera when I have to be in the rain to take some nice shots that should not be missed.

Most camera bags have rain cover too. If there is none. A poncho would do the work. I carry a poncho with me all the time. Easy to slip in and it covers me and my camera bag. An umbrella above your head would be ideal. That is, if there is someone to hold that for you.

Always use a lens hood to prevent droplets of water on the lens and also lens glare.

I carry two microfiber cloths. A small piece for the lens and a hand towel size for the camera. They come in handy to wipe off water drops on the camera and lens. 

Having said all that, its all about common sense to avoid being out there when there are strong wind, heavy rain and lightning.

Have fun !

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