Saturday, February 14, 2015

The SECRET to shooting rain!

Ever wanted to take some nice photos or record some footage of the rain, but the rain just doesn't show up that well on camera? It's as if the rain just makes your image hazier, and the camera just can't see those fine streaks of rain like how your eyes can.

The one big secret to getting that rain to show up on camera is by backlighting them - shining light at them from the back. This will make the rain show up as bright, contrasty highlights against the background. As seen in the still below, under no backlighting the rain lacks contrast and doesn't show up well on camera:

For reference, here is the same subject at night with no backlighting:

You can barely even see the rain in this one.

But now, add some backlight and....

It's almost magical.

So there it is! The tip for getting rain to show up is to backlight it. Just to clarify, I did the backlight demo during the night because it's much easier to control your own light sources during the night. You can absolutely do this during the day as long as you can get your light source bright enough (relative to your key light, which is most probably the Sun if you're shooting in daylight).

So there it is fellas, I hope my tip has been helpful. See ya in the next post!


  1. Thanks for the tip. I'm glad I first saw this tip on your YouTube channel. Great idea on creating your own rain, that was funny. Also, it would have been good if you also showed how much is the recommended shutter speed, aperture, and ISO for such conditions as what your title suggests. Thanks for the tip.

  2. Hai Thank you very much for your video .. i need your help: how to freeze a "very clear real rain droplets" fall in outdoor in case of medium rain fall or heavy fast rain.

    Thank you very much

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