The latest Photowalk is a little different–it’s a #Photowalk in the rain.
Because let’s face it, Los Angeles looks better wet than dry, right? And it’s not always going to be beautiful and sunny outside. (Despite what the song says about it never raining in Southern California.)
Sometimes it actually does rain and we can get some pretty cool shots.
What do I like about “Snapping in the Rain?”
I’m no Gene Kelly, but let’s start with those beautiful reflections that you only get during a rain, the flowing water and mist on buildings.
I like seeing people react to the rain, and of course, the iconic umbrella shot. What’s your favorite wet image?
Tips for getting great shots in the rain:
Reach for the umbrella
This sounds so obvious, but admit it–you didn’t think of it. Most don’t. But an umbrella can really come in handy, and protect you and your gear. Just hold the umbrella with one hand, the camera in the other, and you’re golden.
Get a camera covering
Amazon sells many of them, plastic jobs that go over the delicate and non-waterproof camera and lens and let you shoot in the natural outdoors, water be damned. If you didn’t get around to ordering one, go grab a garbage bag from the kitchen, cut a hole in it, and stick the lens through.
Stand under an alcove
An awning, alcove, any type of shelter to provide you cover and keep your camera dry. It’s easier said than done–in an aggressive rainfall, mist and drops can show up on your camera. Get the camera wet, and you could have one expensive trip to the repair shop. This one is the least effective.
Shoot from the car
Roll down the window, focus from inside the car and shoot away. The most effective method for the traditional camera, granted that you can compose the shot properly this way.
Our best tip: use a current smartphone and go crazy.
Current models of smartphones are water resistant. Manufacturers dare you to drop them in a glass of water. I used the iPhone 8 Plus, XS Max and Google Pixel 3 for this video/photo shoot, and they were liberating. I had nothing to worry about while “Snapping in the Rain.” I ran into a fountain and pushed the camera into the water; I held the camera up to the skies and let the rainfall drop all over the phones, without any issues, and got terrific footage and stills to boot. I would recommend going the smartphone route in the rain over the traditional camera, even though my camera shots were sharper. I had total freedom with the smartphone; with the camera, I was locked to the cumbersome baggie over the body.
However, there’s one big issue to be aware of. The touchscreens of the phones are not as responsive when they get wet. You’ll need to have a towel or cloth to dry off your hands and the front of the smart phone for successful navigation.