View Full Version : Photoshoot in the rain?

09-15-2012, 06:23 PM
Is this possible?if you willing to wreck your costume? Is it possible, cause i might try it with my friend.

09-16-2012, 04:11 PM
Definitely possible. Some cameras are more weatherproof than others. I got a couple of Optech Rainsleeves for mine, and some plastic bags to go over my flashes.

I went out in the evening a few weeks ago to do a promo photoshoot for the Halloween show for my wife's dance company. As soon as we had taken a couple of test shots, it started to rain. We shot anyway for about ten minutes in the light rain, then packed it up and moved to a covered location.

We weren't planning on the rain, and I didn't have all my gear covered like I should, and one of my flash radio receivers seems to have lost some functionality.

I'm hoping to do some more rain photoshoots in the future, with my gear better protected next time.

Anyway, here are a couple of my favorites from the results:

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8424/7828282380_4c05037267_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nathancarter/7828282380/)
Halloween 2012 Moxie_20120819_1904.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nathancarter/7828282380/) by nathancarter (http://www.flickr.com/people/nathancarter/), on Flickr

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7108/7828283230_afa2bf7589_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nathancarter/7828283230/)
Halloween 2012 Moxie_20120819_1909.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nathancarter/7828283230/) by nathancarter (http://www.flickr.com/people/nathancarter/), on Flickr

09-17-2012, 02:11 AM
Wow! thanks time to wait for the weather :D, I love the defocus effect on the rain drops or is that just water on the lens i cant tell but it looks amazing.

Would flash umbrellas give a better 'time stop look' then using the flash normally? I've tried itwith a shower hose and it does it better but I'm not sure if it'll work on rain. (never know untill you try :D)

09-17-2012, 03:11 PM
The defocused effect on some of the rain drops is because they were closer to the camera and out of the plane of focus. I was using my lens hood, so the front glass stayed dry. These shots were with my long lens (the 70-200), shot from about ten yards away from the subject, so there were plenty of rain drops between me and the subject. But only the ones in the "beam" made by the flashes were lit up.

If the flash is your only light source, it doesn't really matter how big the light source is; bare flash or umbrella, it's going to freeze time. The flash duration is extremely fast, it will freeze motion similar to a 1/10000 shutter speed (more or less - some flashes are faster or slower depending on how long they take to "cool down" after the fact).

You could probably get a very interesting streaking rain effect with a combination of ambient and flash. You'll start to see raindrops as streaks instead of dots around (approx) 1/400 or slower... so if you have a continuous ambient light source, a relatively long shutter speed (like 1/10), then pop the flash at the end of the exposure (second-curtain sync), you'd probably see streaks of rain with glowing globes at the end when the flash fires. I haven't done this but it sounds like a fun project.

Or, just put bags over your gear and go out and experiment. Get a couple of Optech Rainsleeves for your body and lens; get some Ziploc baggies for your flashes, and go out and see what happens.

09-22-2012, 03:46 PM
i cosplayed kingdom hearts in the rain recently and it turned out wonderfully. when it started pouring hard, we used our umbrella as a prop, which worked out excellently!