I’d never photographed in the rain before, but it was something I had wanted to do for a long time. So when I was out shooting in Shinjuku one night, it suddenly started to drizzle, and I grabbed the opportunity. My umbrella went straight up, and I kept shooting. It turned out to be an exciting and most rewarding night.
Unfortunately, the rain was very light and didn’t last very long. But it did leave behind enough water that gave off some great reflections. It was a side of the city I had never had the opportunity to photograph before, brighter and more colorful than usual. I can’t wait to do it again.
After doing it once and surviving, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. You just need to have a plan to keep the water off your gear. Of course, protect yourself too! Yes, it can be pretty scary using a camera in the rain. Get water inside it, and you might need to get some repairs done, or even worse, a brand new one might become necessary. So the question is, what can we do?
How to protect your camera from rain?
First of all, many modern cameras are weather-resistant. But weather-resistant doesn’t mean waterproof, definitely not that. It only means that there is some protection against moisture.
If some water gets on it, it’ll probably be okay. But put it in a bath, river, typhoon or something similar, and you’ll need a new camera. Got it? Never intentionally put water on your lens, especially near the glass. Here are the rest of my tips:
- Get some cover for your camera. I bought a camera sleeve straight after this Shinjuku shoot! It covers the tops and sides and has been very handy ever since. In an emergency or if you are on a very tight budget, you could even use a plastic bag and cut a hole in one end.
- Use an umbrella. I always keep a folding one in my bag, which gives me some peace of mind. It has saved me from many sudden showers, like when I took the pictures for this article.
- Shoot from under a roof. This, I think, is the best one if you shoot in the rain. The deeper you can get under any cover, the better.
- Under no circumstance, point your camera in the direction of the rain. You need to prevent moisture from entering your lens or getting near the front element.
Photographing in the rain can be rewarding. I was very hesitant to do it for a long time. But when I finally did, it was an excellent photographic experience.
The results can be incredible. Shinjuku after the rain proved that. You just need to weigh the risk. And if you do it, take the appropriate steps to keep your camera safe (as yourself safe too!).
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