Make it rain! (Part 2) – Creating rain with simple technique

Hello folks! 🙂

Hope you all are doing great!

So today I thought I’d share another technique I use to create my rain shots. I love rain and it’s always so much fun for me to create rain in my photos. I love the fact that how it changes the over-all atmosphere of an image and  turn an inanimate still into a scene!

This technique is pretty simple and I assume most of you might have already know about this. Still, let me show you my process 🙂

Props and tools:

To create rain I used a cheap plastic water spray bottle. I find this not only cheap and available but also I can actually control the force of water easily and get the ”rain” look I want. 



The key to get beautiful rain effect is to have a nice source of backlight. The backlight will make the raindrops visible. Also make sure the main subject is lit properly, I usually use a small white canvas to reflect light on my subject so that there’s no unwanted shadows because of  the backlight. I usually shoot in my balcony, using natural sunlight as the source of my backlight.


You have to think and adjust your camera shutter speed depending on how heavy you want the rain to look. The slower the shutter speed, the softer raindrops you’ll get. Here’s two photos to show you the difference.


Shot at 1/1600 sec


Shot at 1/640 sec

To get a beautiful bokeh in the background, use a larger aperture. I used f/1.8 with my 50mm lens. But if you don’t have a faster lens that’s Ok! You can create rain effect with any lens.


When you are done with your composition, it’s time to shoot! I usually shoot with my camera attached to my tripod and set to self-timer mode.  I just spray water onto my subject through the spray bottle during the exposure.

Things to remember:

Water can make a bit mess and will slightly change your composition. So leaving some space for rain drops would be a good idea. And water can block getting the details from the subject, so try to avoid spraying directly over your subject unless you’re going for that effect. It’s always good to start with some test shots to see if everything’s working perfectly and how the water effecting everything. And mostly, always be careful about your camera and lens. Keep them safe from the water.

So when you are ready, let it rain and shoot! I hope you have as much fun creating your own rainy shots as much I do 🙂 Do let me know if you want to know anything more or you want to share your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you 🙂

This is my final version after done with a colour treatment in photoshop.


Some examples of my other rainy shots



Behind the scene and speed-edit video

Make it rain – Shooting still life with rain





  1. Iwona · March 9, 2016

    fantastic! something to try! definitely!


  2. katiemarie2012 · March 9, 2016

    Hi Ashraful…… you are an amazing artist and your images are instantly recognisable. I hope you would one day soon do a video teaching us your wonderful colour work in photoshop, I really struggle with changing colours so fingers crossed you may find the time. I have watched a speed video of yours but impossible to keep up with you ! Thank you in advance ☺


    • ashrafularefin · March 9, 2016

      Thank you so much Katie! I think there’s a speed adjustment option in the settings menu of the videos on Youtube, you can show it in slower speed 🙂 And yes sure I’ll try to make a editing video 🙂


  3. Eileen Thompson · March 30, 2016

    Wonderful and inspiring images – as always, you are so kind sharing your techniques , thank you so much, Eileen


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