Girl with umbrella in the rain

Portrait Photos in the rain

It’s often very rainy in April. A variety of weather will make our photographs more interesting, but it’s important to learn how to get the best from the environment, and also to remember that we should always have a backup plan.

Here are some ideas for taking interesting portraits in the rain:

  • Use Umbrellas. Clear umbrellas are great to keep the rain off your subject, let any light through and keep them a little happier in the damp. – There’s nothing more miserable than getting soaked to the skin. A black umbrella makes a good plain background for the head and shoulders.
  • Have a backup location that has a porch or an awning or an overhanging roof, so your people can be sheltered from the rain, but you can still capture the rain in the back ground.
  • Rain is more visible when there’s a light behind it. Find a location with a light behind the rain, or find a way to put your own in the background, and use a faster shutter speed. The faster the shutter speed, the more you’re going to see the raindrops. You may need to slightly increase your ISO, but you’ll still get great quality images. If you want them a little blurry, you won’t need it quite as fast.
  • Look for reflections in the puddles that form, or the shine on the wet sidewalk. They can make great features, and can create an interesting symmetry to your images which makes them more interesting.
  • Look for how people react to the rain. Kids love it; they don’t care about getting wet. Its great fun to splash in the puddles, with rain boots and appropriate clothing of course!
  • If it’s an engagement shoot or wedding day, you don’t want the couple to get thoroughly drenched, they won’t be happy; but if you can convince them that a little bit of an adventure will give their images a memorable quality, then you’ll get the chance to experiment a little and get some great portrait photos.Wedding couple in the rain
  • Be sure to exercise caution when photographing in any extreme weather conditions. Don’t forget that an umbrella can conduct lightning, and be sure to check the weather report for tornadoes and other extreme weather.
  • Take care of your camera equipment. You can get a wide variety of items to protect your equipment, and if you plan on shooting in the rain regularly, or you live in a climate where it rains regularly, then a rain sleeve is a good investment. A plastic bag is also useful and cheap way to keep your equipment dry.

When capturing portraits, whether it’s for engagements, weddings or just for fun, it’s important to make sure that everyone looks their best. Portrait editing software can give your portraits just that little bit of enhancement that will turn a really good portrait in to a great one; that they will want to keep for years to come.

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