Photography ideas: Shoot cinematic rain portraits

Create striking back lit rain portraits using a speed light, regardless of whether it’s rain or shine or smog.

When it’s a stunning bright day outside, it’s tempting to lie within the sun and skim a book – or if you’ve your heart assail photography, chasing those subjects that look best in bright light.

Either way, the last item you’d expect to be shooting on a sunny day may be a rainy portrait – but with a hose and open space, you’ll have that romantic rainy look during a matter of minutes.

So what does one got to do? Gather your camera, a fisheye lens , a speed light, wireless flash triggers and a light-weight stand – then go outside with a few of friends and a hose and begin shooting. It’s as simple as that! (Although you’ll want to bring your waterproof coat as well!)

Find a transparent space outside and obtain your model to face a couple of feet ahead of you. Place a speed light behind them, to be triggered remotely. Turn the hose on and obtain your assistant to place their thumb over the top of the nozzle, aiming it just ahead of the model and towards the camera a touch .

The speed light will shoot through the water drops and lightweight them up; it’ll almost appear as if snow. there’ll be beautiful bokeh of rain drops throughout the image and a rim light kissing around your model. Let’s take a glance at the steps involved…

How to shoot a rain portrait?

01. Clear, open space

All you actually need may be a clear space outside where it’s relatively quiet, and which has somewhere you’ll attach your hose. for many people, the garden is ideal you would possibly be ready to do that during a park, but you’d need permission to use a hose there.

02. The low down

Mount the camera on a tripod and place it a couple of feet faraway from where you plan to shoot your model. Use a fisheye lens to distort the attitude of the scene – we’re using the Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, but any prime or zoom with a 24mm focal distance will do. Accentuate this dramatic effect by getting down low to the bottom which can also make it easier to suit in additional droplets above the model.

03. On your marks

Engage Live View and direct your model to face a couple of feet away, within the right third of the frame. confirm that there’s many room around them within the frame, to capture the droplets. Set manual focus, zoom in, and adjust your focus until the model is sharp, then place a mark on the bottom beneath them.

04. Bare flash

Your focus is locked in, and your model is simply above the mark. Fix the wireless trigger to the bare speed light, mount it on a light-weight stand and place it behind the model, pointing towards the camera. If it is not weather resistant, place a freezer bag over the flashgun to prevent it getting wet.

05. Feel the facility

With the opposite wireless trigger on the camera hotshoe, turn your flash to full power. Get your assistant to start out spraying, and you’ll start shooting – settings of 1/200 sec, f/8 and ISO100 are good to start out with. That aperture will offer you an extended depth of field and therefore the shutter speed is that the flash’s maximum full sync speed. ISO100 isn’t very sensitive; this keeps the sky dark within the final shot.

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