Don’t be afraid of shooting in the rain – embrace it and do it often

Oct 21, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Don’t be afraid of shooting in the rain – embrace it and do it often

Oct 21, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Heading out into the wilderness to shoot photos during the rain isn’t something a lot of photographers think about. In fact, many of them do everything they can to keep their precious babies dry – even if many of them are far better weather-sealed than their owners realise. But going out to shoot in the rain can be a great experience.

In this video, woodland photographer Simon Baxter talks about why he loves shooting in the rain, things you might want to consider when shooting in the rain, and why you should probably do it more often.

Simon presents a great argument for shooting in the rain and makes some great points about the unique experience and photographs it can offer. It almost forces you to look at the world in a different way, and see beauty where you never noticed it before.

I’ve never been that worried about taking my gear out in the rain. It’s not something I do often, but I know my cameras and lenses are well weather-sealed, and I’ve shot in some pretty wet and windy conditions in the past. It’s not always as fun as those sunny summer days, though. You go out nice and warm and dry and get back home feeling cold, wet and miserable. But the images you’re able to get during those conditions can often be well worth the trouble.

Now that I live in Scotland, going out to shoot in the rain is an opportunity that pops up often. I might have to start doing it more regularly.

Do be sure to research if your gear is adequately weather-sealed before you decide to try it yourself, though. If not, there are plenty of rain covers out there and ways to keep your gear dry if you want to try it anyway.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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6 responses to “Don’t be afraid of shooting in the rain – embrace it and do it often”

  1. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    Except I don’t like being cold and wet.

  2. Mike Downey Avatar
    Mike Downey

    All the time! I love my weatherproof Olympus gear.

    1. Tricia Duffy Avatar
      Tricia Duffy

      Mike Downey HI can you help looking for ax42××82 lens for an Olympus mini pen not having any luck finding one .Many thanks in advance

  3. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
    Adrian J Nyaoi

    No.

  4. Angelina Wiese Devine Avatar
    Angelina Wiese Devine

    It happens..