a stream in a forest
Photo by Роман Микрюков on

Atmospheric photos is one of the most well loved type of photos you can do. As you want to get involved in this type of photos (fog photos), there are several tips you should remember as you take these photos:


Photo by Lanny Cottrell – editor of 123photogo

As you look at this photo above, I have this one issue that I didn’t really see until the photo was on memory. But, for me, I kinda liked it. Bottom right corner, you can see a strange round circle that my confuse some people. I debated whether I should post process this photo and have it all touched up and removed, but, I kinda liked it. It shows that me, the photographer, was willing to stand out in the rain to get this photo. What do you think?

Photo by Lanny Cottrell – editor of 123photogo

2- Look for clouds you can see approaching your spot:

With this photo above, I was in the Grand Tetons, which is one of the most scenic places in the world, but, I happened to be there as it was raining and snowing. I am not in any fog in this photo, but, the clouds were moving down the mountains as I was taking photos. This makes a mountain scene look even more interesting. Watch for these type of photo opportunities.

3- Take a walk in the park:

Photo by Lanny Cottrell – Editor – 123photogo

Not too many people think of going for a walk in the fog, but, with today’s cameras, you can get some amazing photos if you go for a walk in the fog, and at night time. Keep in mind that as you take a walk in the fog, you will be cold but dress appropriately. And this was done on an automatic mode, so the light meter did not freak out over this whole scene.

Word of caution about taking pictures in the cold:

  • The temperature at night time, in the winter fog, is really cold. Your camera is not going to like this too much as you try to take pictures for a period of time. Maybe bring an extra set of batteries, or charge another battery in case the battery quits working in the cold.
  • For is very wet. If you can check your camera often and make sure you don’t get it wet. Water damage is not good. If you have water damage on your camera, you will probably need to plan on replacing the camera, rather than have it repaired.
  • Keep track of the time, so that you don’t have issues with your extremities. Your fingers and toes are the first to go.


We live in a great world, where we can do what we want in “Post processing”. So many photographers use this and create their masterpiece photos with “Lightroom”.

Natural fog, with only lightening the photo so the snow is white.


Taking photos in the fog, to me, is one of the most satisfying projects you can do. Especially because not too many photographers do this. Go out and get cold, and have some fun.

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selective focus photo of obalte green leafed plants during rain
Photo by Bibhukalyan Acharya on

51 Different subjects on photography, and I’m going to do them all. Today’s subject: Taking photos in the rain:

Doesn’t rainy days bring you a certain feeling of calm? Or do you worry about rain? There are some great photos that come from the photo world taken in the rain. But, obviously certain precautions have to be taken to get the photo you want. Like, how do I keep my camera from getting damaged? How does my photo turn out when there’s water on the lens? This is certainly some tough questions and we are going to handle it here and now.

1- Protect your camera gear:

There are currently over 2500 different items to protect your camera from Amazon. Click: rain protection for your camera to see what you can do to protect your camera.

If you have an umbrella, it really isn’t so hard to hold the umbrella and take pictures at the same time:

Photographer in the rain | Rain photography, Beautiful photography, Photo

This is an extreme example, but, hey! it works.

If you want to be a serious photographer in the rain, then I would recommend that you get protective coverings for your camera. Click: rain protection for your camera

2- Look for water reflections. This is something that you don’t see a lot, and a lot of great photos are done by reflections.

Photo by Redd Angelo

3- Backlight the rain:

Unless it’s absolutely pouring, it can be difficult to see visible raindrops in an image. An easy technique to make raindrops pop in a shot is by adding some back lighting.

Photo taken by Jonathan Suckling

Now, I am not suggesting you should do your wedding photos in the rain, although that’s pretty nice, but look for light to shoot in to, because it’s hard to see the rain drops unless it is lit by backlight. Try this even:

Photo by Dominik Schröder

4. Watch a scene transform

Sometimes you don’t need to capture the rain itself, but the clues that indicate that it’s raining. A good way to shoot a street scene in the rain is to capture the umbrellas, the rain jackets, the puddles, and the reflections of raindrops on the ground.

Photo by Yiran Ding

A normal, everyday intersection tells a completely different story once the frame is littered with umbrellas.

5- Find the beauty in bad weather:

Photo by Gabriel

6- Keep an eye out for rainbows. This is mother nature smiling at you.

Photo by Calvin Chou

7- Capture a high contrast storm if it’s there. Mother nature is beautiful, but there’s nothing quite as eye-catching as a dramatic storm front.

Photo by Madhu Shesharam

If there’s a lightning storm approaching, get to safety first, and capture the storm only after it’s moved past you. 

To do this, simply get your tripod out and set your camera’s aperture between f8 and f14 so that the entire scene is in focus.

Photo by Will Eades

8- If you want to be serious about photographing in the rain, then consider getting a weatherproof camera. I just happen to carry one in my camera bag all the time. I am always ready for a good wet storm.

This is the camera that I have, and it has proven time and time again to be one of the best waterproof / weatherproof cameras on the market. Always find a way to get those amazing rain photos. You will be glad you did.