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. 

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Lighting:

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.

Setting:

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.

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Shot at 1/1600 sec

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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.

Shooting:

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.

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Some examples of my other rainy shots

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Behind the scene and speed-edit video

Make it rain – Shooting still life with rain

 

 

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Make it rain! – creating rain and bokeh effect with water

Hello folks! 🙂

I hope you all are doing great and passing a wonderful time! Today I’m about to share a simple trick I use to create some of my rain photos. Usually I use a spray water bottle to make fake rain, but this method is for getting a bit more heavy rain look with more water droplets. It’s super easy and fun (and a bit messy too :P)

I always love to create rainy photographs, and since winter is coming there will be enough time to do more indoor shots. so lets bring little rain to your photos and make something beautiful 🙂

Props and tools

The things I use to create my photos are very simple. Small still life objects ( I used one of my sea shells here), something to sprinkle the water, towel or paper towels (lots!) and something to pour the water, (I used a teapot).

I thought of different options to make the water sprinkler, but for me the nice and most easy way was to make this one from an old empty soda bottle. I cut it in half and punched some holes and that’s it. At first I thought of using a watering can but that would be heavy to work with and also I had to buy it. So instead of buying I liked the idea of recycling and making my own little water sprinkler. This makes the water flow scattered and gives some big, beautiful drops.

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Lighting

To get some beautiful bokeh in the background you’ll need a source of backlight. I’ve shot this in my balcony where there’s plenty of natural sunlight available. I placed my subject in a corner where I could get nice backlight without causing much shadow cast in my subject. And to get rid of existing shadows, I used a little white reflector which was a cut sheet of styrofoam.

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Shooting

So now that I’m done with my composition it’s time to shoot! With my camera set to self-timer mode I poured water onto my subject through the sprinkler during the exposure. For this photo my camera setup was something like this: Shutter speed 1/1600 sec, Aperture f/1.8, ISO 640. You may need to adjust the shutter speed depending on how heavy you want the water drops to look. Slower shutter speed will make them appear softer.

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Things to remember

Working with water is a bit critical and you should always be careful about your lens and camera. Just to be on the safe side, I highly recommend capturing some test shots before pouring water onto your neatly arranged subject. Also keep in mind that water will probably make a bit of mess and change your composition slightly, so leaving some space for rain drops and chaos would be a good idea.

So when you are all set up, let it rain! Pour water and make a series of shots. Another advantage of using a tripod is if you can’t get the picture you wanted you can always composite different images together and create the desired look. Just be careful with your electronic equipments and have fun. It’s always such fun to mimic the rain and if you can get some nice water crowns it will be icing on the cake! 🙂

This is my final result after post processing

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Some other photos using this technique

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I hope you like this little behind the scene story. Please do share your thoughts and also if you have any ideas, I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

I wish you all a very Happy and Creative day!

Behind the scene and speed edit video

Inspiration is Everywhere – shooting miniature car scene

Hello my friends! 🙂

I hope you all are doing great!

So few days ago I went to shoot for a photo project I’m currently working on, and I’ve found a place which looked very ordinary and not so interesting at first but in the photographs it looked quite beautiful! So I thought of doing a behind the scene story about it and sharing with you guys 🙂

I often get asked where do I find my locations or backgrounds and one of my friend even told me how he wish he had the backgrounds like that near him. Well, the answer is most likely you already have! All you have to do is to look a bit differently and get creative with it. So I hope this will give you the idea about what my backgrounds are look like 🙂

The location I went for photographing is a bit far from the main city. The reason I like it so much is because most of the time it’s very quiet and I can roam around and take photos without people watching me :D. So I was just taking some shots for my project and there were some constructions going on. Beside the construction site there was a little drainage system to pass the rain water, and when I saw that drainage I immediately got an idea. All the rocks and pebbles and flowing water looked like a little creek to me. Fortunately I had one of my miniature cars with me and I thought I’d create a scene with it, something that gives the feeling of a journey… as if the little car is taking a short break after a long journey.

So this was the drainage I used as a creek 😛 I think this is the fun of photography, you don’t have to get the real things, you can always mimic and create your own space!

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The scene was pretty simple… setting sun, a little creek, with hint of mountains in the background. The only trouble was to get down real low to get a good perspective for the car. And yes I did covered part of myself with the dirt and mud haha.

There were some piles of sand and gravel which looked like hills to me, so for the mountains I thought of using them. I turned my camera focus mode to the manual and took some defocused shots of the piles which looked just like mountains.

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shot defocused using manual focus at f/1.8

And later I composited all the images together in Photoshop. First I opened the main shot, expanded a bit, added the mountain background, then added a sky overlay to make it look more atmospheric. This is the steps I did to create the final scene

expanded the main image using crop tool

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Then used the eye dropper tool and picked colour from the background

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Then using the brush tool I painted over the background

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Then copied and pasted the new background as a layer and resized, changed the opacity and using the mask tool I removed the unnecessary parts.

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And later added a sky overlay, changed the opacity, resized and removed the unwanted part by masking out

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So this is my process of adding a background. Now it was easy to add a background like this because I already had this white clear sky in the background. Also luckily it was an overcast day, so it’s easy to blend the images as the lighting is even. So if you are going to try some compositing or something that requires image blending, I’d suggest to shoot in an overcast day or ambient kind of light. It’s also great for changing lighting, like I did in this image.

Also you don’t always have to take different shots and combine them together, most of the time everything is there.

Here’s the main shot

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and this is the finished one

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Another example of the same place where I’ve created this

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So don’t be too concerned about finding a perfect place, if you try to see things and think a bit differently trust me there will be more than enough!

I hope you like this and also I’d be very happy to know about some random places where you’ve taken a picture. So please do share your thoughts, photos and stories! 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful day/night! Happy creating! 🙂

speed edit video of the whole editing process: