Monthly Archives: August 2015

Rainy day tips for amateur photographers

Many opportunities for creativity.

You’re nicely dressed, hair coiffed, kids quiet and happy – the perfect time for a family photo shoot to get some great shots for a 3D crystal or laser printed key ring for the grandparents! Of course, this is the exact moment that the heavens will open up and rain will come pouring down. Living in the perennially soaked UK means that we have to be hale and hearty about the wet weather, and a little rain doesn’t have to halt a photo shoot – it just means you need some tips and tricks for shooting in dim light and with water present.

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A gleeful day in the rain. (Photo via)

1. Learn to love the lighting – While rain can literally put a damper on a fun day out, cloudy skies heaving with rain can actually provide moody, atmospheric lighting perfect for certain themes.  A rainy day is obviously perfect for a spooky and dark feel, but this weather can also be brilliant for showing off bright colours – the contrast is striking.

2. Play with puddles – A bright yellow rain slicker, juicy red galoshes and a whimsical umbrella can all transform a toddler – or an adult – into the perfect photo subject. Capture your family dancing in the rain, playing in the puddles, chasing your dog through a field or setting boats adrift at the local pond – the rain can be magical.

3. Remember to protect your camera and gear – Ideally you have a water proof camera, but if not, don’t fear. Special cases, accessories and protective gear can be purchased in order to ensure that your photography investment stays well covered and in tip top working order.

4. Don’t be afraid of a flash! Rain literally transforms the landscape, making for a visually stunning experience in person. That said, sometimes it can be difficult to capture the detail in this lower lighting, and everything can appear washed out and grey. To avoid this, try using your flash – the pop of colour can really help to add shine to the raindrops, enhance details, and bring excitement to the photo.

5. Shutter to think – Your shutter speed is really important when shooting photos in the rain – remember that the rain should be treated like a moving subject. If you want to capture the individual drops, speed up your shutter. If you want to create an in motion ‘blur’ effect, then make sure to slow it down.

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The light at the end of a rainy day! (Photo via)

Fall Photo Tips: How to take great pictures this Autumn

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Get outside – and get snapping! (Photo via)

As the warm summer months begin to fade into fall and the little ones get ready to head back to class, the season of falling leaves, warm cups of tea and crisp evenings full of mischief is upon us. If you’ve been snapping photos in the bright sun all summer long, shifting your technique to accommodate the changing light and subject matter is key to taking beautiful pictures. Here are our top tips to ensure that your autumnal photos are simply stunning.

  • Get outside – The fall can be one of the most beautiful seasons, with landscapes covered in a rainbow of colours: ochre, rust, olive and sepia. Get outside and go the distance – up the sides of tall hills, down into the woods and traversing harvest fields in order to truly capture the bounty of autumn colour.
  • Don’t procrastinate – The blanket of fall leaves covering the ground will only last for a few weeks – or even days. Make sure you head outside as soon as you see these gorgeous colours, otherwise it may be too late.
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Stunning afternoon light. (Photo via)
  • Seize the afternoon light – The vibrant pure light of a clear autumn afternoon is unlike any other, and so if you want to capture the delight on a child’s face or the bliss of a newly engaged couple, the afternoon is the time to take photos.
  • The forest is a wonderland – For a world of contrasts, amazing colours and dramatically different textures, the forest is a photographer’s dream.
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Joyful fall faces. (Photo via)

For more technical tips on settings and lens to use in the fall, this article over at Wanderlust is a comprehensive guide that will be useful for all photographers, both amateur and professional. We here at InCrystals love the fall, and know that your autumn pictures will make perfect photo crystals – we look forward to seeing the results!