Tutorial: Seasonal weather

Rainy days

When it is raining you need to think differently about what you photograph; use the rain to add to your images, rather than stopping you going out.

St. Pancras,You Connect member Aurélien Guichard, Canon EOS 5D Mark II

If you enjoy macro photography, rain offers excellent opportunities. A spider’s web, often unseen, stands out dramatically when the fine lines of the web are covered with raindrops. If possible, shoot into the light, so that the web is backlit.

Autumn is also a great time to photograph leaves close up. As they fall they create an attractive patchwork of colours which intensifies with rain. If it isn’t raining, try spraying the leaves with water before shooting to create the same effect.

Rain at night
Rain enlivens city streets at night. Pavements become wet and shiny, reflecting shop lights and neon signs. After you have captured the street scenes, move in close to a puddle and fill your camera frame with a reflection.

If you are photographing people in the rain they often merge into the background. Flash changes everything. Set your camera’s built-in flash to Slow Synchro – the flash fires with a slow shutter speed. This lets you photograph at night with people in the foreground whilst the background lighting is also correct. It is very effective with brightly-lit town and city scenes.

If you own an IXUS or PowerShot with the HS System then you could also use the Handheld NightScene Shooting mode. This combines several shots to reduce camera shake and noise.

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