Monsoon has set in and we see many people covering themselves top to bottom with raincoats, carrying umbrellas, etc., to not to get drenched in those unexpected downpours. Well, it’s a minimum care we usually take in monsoons. But people of one profession need to step out of their homes and get soaked.... they are photographers and photography enthusiasts! Yes… instead of packing your gear… just shoulder your camera as the season has fantastic moments to capture. If you are a professional, you may know the tricks and tips of best monsoon photography… but the novices are to be guided. So, here are a few essentials for them.
1. Faster Shutter Speeds
If you want to capture the water droplets of the falling rain, then it is better to go for a quicker Shutter Speed especially 1/125 or below values like 1/250, 1/500, etc. Shutter Speed is actually the length of the time the shutter (before the lens) is exposed to the scene. Faster shutter speeds expose the camera lens (sensor) to the light only for a fewer time, so only the part the lens see in that limited time is captured. But if you go for slower shutter speeds, the lens is exposed for longer time and motion of the subject is captured turning the entire photograph blurry!
2. Higher Depth-of-field And Larger aperture
If you aren’t capturing just a particular subject but a width of surrounding along with it, then go for higher depth-of-field. Depth-of-field is the part of the area in focus. Also, set your aperture to f/8 or higher. Aperture is the diameter of the hole through which the light enters the camera. So, larger the aperture that means smaller f-number, more light hit the lens and photograph looks brighter. So, if you want your water droplet to look brighter even in dim lighting, go for a faster shutter speed as said above and larger f-number (aperture).
3. Manageable ISO
Just freezing a droplet is not enough, it should be sharper (or brighter) indeed. So, here comes the ISO factor, which should be 1600 or higher. ISO decides the brightness factor. More the ISO, brighter is your image. So, low-light photography generally needs a higher ISO. But you have got a dent here… higher ISO brings in noise… that means the photo looks grainy. So, ensure that the ISO is not set too high and balance the shutter speed and aperture to have more light.
Let’s see the way. Firstly set low ISO and longer shutter speed and then mount your camera still on the tripod or the table. This setting lets in more light and puts your shot brighter and sharper at the same time. But this works when the subjects in the frame are still. If anything moves, it leads to a blurry one.
How to click an action going on in dim environs? Just go for higher ISO and slow shutter speed, though it clicks the right action with enough light details, there would be noise. However, a grainy shot is better than a blurry one! Isn’t it?
4. Light Up Your Shots
Capturing the rainfall with lighting in the backdrop looks great than the one from the opposite side. Well, this would work out only in the dark backgrounds.
5. Clean Up With Polarising filters
Monsoon turns every surface reflective making your photographs fill with an extra bit of colour shades. So, to make your clicks free of such reflections, go for a polarising filter. They actually cut light rays and bring out decent pictures.
Well, these are some tips you can follow to emanate amazing shots on your rainy day.
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