8 Tips to Get Creative With Your Camera This Monsoon

We ran a Monsoon photography contest to celebrate the season and received over 300 amazing entries. The images beautifully capture the charm, quirks, and essence of the season in different ways. With that inspiration, we put together some tips for monsoon photography.

Monsoon Photography Tips

Monsoon is a great time to get creative with the camera. Be it a drizzle or a thunderstorm, with the right theme, skill, and technique, you can create outstanding photos. Here are a few tips to best capture the rainy season on your camera.

1.  Watch out for Reflections

Puddles and wet surfaces can bring out interesting perspectives. Explore different angles to create an interesting image. Look out for puddles that reflect the architecture, people, details, from surroundings. You can create a symmetrical composition by capturing the subject as well as its reflection.

2. Use windows creatively

Water droplets on window panes are a great opportunity to be creative. Get someone to pose and create an interesting portrait through raindrops. You can also create abstract images by shooting through the window panes of your moving vehicle.

3. Zoom In

Close-up images may reveal something our eyes miss to see. Zoom in on the details in nature like a water droplet on a flower petal, wet grass, and textures.

4. Catch the Action 

The downpour creates sudden change inactivity. The hustle-bustle caused due to rains could give you interesting captures if you are observant. A candid shot of a person running for shelter or a picture of colorful umbrellas can bring your photograph to life.

5. Capture the Mood 

Rains bring out a gamut of emotions. Be it a little kid who is all smiles on being drenched or the sullen face of a person who has forgotten to get his umbrella, emotions can add beauty to your picture.

6. Use Light

Use interesting light to add charm and drama to your photos. By back-lighting the rain, you can clearly capture the movement of rain. Find an interesting light source, like a streetlight to capture interesting colors against the rain.

7. Play with Camera settings

Playing with camera settings will give you amazing photographs. In case you want to freeze the raindrops in your picture, faster shutter speed is the key. Slowing down the shutter speed would help you capture the movement of rain. Increasing your ISO settings is advisable in case the light is dim. Switch over to the manual mode of your camera and experiment with the wide range of options to create a masterpiece.

8. Finally, protect yourself and your equipment

Many of us learn this the hard way. Though rain gives a photographer creative opportunities, it is not camera friendly. So keep your equipment safe either by waterproofing it or covering it with plastic or an umbrella.

Here are #photojaanicmonsoon contest winners’ images selected by renowned photographer Ritesh Uttamchandani


1 Comment

  • Reply Shantanu Jain Aug 07, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Such awesome Pictures. Do not waste these picture to just upload them on social media, save it by making custom photo books.

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