I'm a beginner photographer and I want to try take a picture of my friend dancing in the rain. I own a canon sx60 but unsure of what settings and accessories I need to pull it off.child in the rain

  • Beyond rain, a camera, a friend and some light; mostly it is a matter of just taking pictures and seeing what works and what doesn't and trying again. Might make sense to practice with artificial rain from a lawn sprinkler or a hose nozzle or an agricultural sprayer. – user50888 Aug 2 '17 at 2:20

You need a light toward the back, otherwise known as a hairlight or rimlight. This isn't a light directly behind the camera, but one coming from further back on the side.

You can see in the picture you posted that the main light is coming from the back left.

This creates the reflections on the raindrops that lets you see them better. As you can see in the photo, it also creates hilights on her hair and shoulder.


Observe the picture which you posted. First thing that comes to mind are these 2:

  • Use flash
  • High enough shutter speed to freeze the subject, low enough shutter speed to not completely freeze the rain.

Try out these two components, and experiment with others as well, like using various filters afterwards, bumping up the highlights, etc.

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    The OP's picture was clearly NOT taken with a flash. – Olin Lathrop Aug 1 '17 at 12:13
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    Your points conflict: if you expose for flash, shutter speed doesn't count for much -- the flash will freeze the raindrops. – Caleb Aug 2 '17 at 2:49

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