First Photo Walk of the Hanoi Photo Club and than it starts to drizzle

Getting everyone together for the first photo walk in Hanoi - exiting, exiting. And than it starts to rain, rain, rain….

 Sitting dry warm and cozy in a taxi

Sitting dry warm and cozy in a taxi

At least I didn’t have to go alone, but it has been a very close group (two wet driven enthusiasts).

As often and everywhere in the world most photographers do not like taking pictures in rainy conditions because of different problems. They might be astonished to learn and see what sometimes breath-taking world can exist and enfold during rain.

 TET, Vietnamese New Year, is not far away and you'll see these fruits everywhere

TET, Vietnamese New Year, is not far away and you'll see these fruits everywhere

Looking on these conditions in a favorable way you’ll see that rain provides photographers with an opportunity to let their creativity run wild. The possibilities to capture some stunning pictures, as there are not so many taking photos in these conditions, is quite great. Many professionals consider photography in the rain to be a form of fine art photography as it requires skill and patience to capture remarkable images.

However, everything is not as difficult as you might imagine. Just be aware to set your shutter speed and ISO at an appropriate setting – considering that the main light source is reduced by the clouds and the drizzle.

 Two Vietnamese elders grinning at the dumb foreigner walking unprotected through the rain

Two Vietnamese elders grinning at the dumb foreigner walking unprotected through the rain

If it is your cup of tea to show the falling rain to add additional impact to your rain-drenched background try the following tip. All you need to do is putting your shutter speed to about 1/30 or 1/15 (think of using a tripod or monopod), and try different apertures.

 Flower with rain drops

Flower with rain drops

Photographing in the rain can be very exciting. You can capture shapes, shadows and colors that cannot be captured on a sunny day. Raindrops hitting the surface, rain on petals and leaves, water droplets, reflections and color casts by wet objects. Just some ideas that you might include in your project on a rainy day.

 Cheap rain protection can help considerable

Cheap rain protection can help considerable

Apart from all possibilities it is important to protect your camera and equipment. Cameras are quite sensitive to humidity. A few droplets will not do any harm, prolonged exposure under rain without any protection on the other hand is not advisable.Some tips that can help to protect your gear when photographing in the rain:

 Under shelter

Under shelter

Change your lens under a shelter. This way, the camera is protected and you get a moment to dry likewise.Place the camera under your raincoat whenever you are moving around to find a photo location or if the camera is not in use. Otherwise just try to embrace the different weather and let your creativity flow!

 A wall with drops of rain running down

A wall with drops of rain running down

 Getting dry - nearly impossible

Getting dry - nearly impossible


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