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.

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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 EOS on Night Portrait on the Mode Dial and your camera will ensure that your subject and background are both correctly exposed.

For an interesting effect, set the camera to Shutter-priority AE (Tv) and press the flash button on the side of the camera (just above the lens release button). Then select a slow shutter speed of around 1/15 second. When you press the shutter button the flash will fire giving a sharp, bright image of the subject. However, the exposure will continue and the falling raindrops will be blurred in the photograph. Experiment with different shutter speeds to get the best effects.

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