How To Photograph Rainbows – The Basics

Written by Gina Stephens



To Photography A Rainbow, You Desire Need: 

  • Tripod – Stability when using longer shutter speeds
  • Polarising Filter – Enhance the rainbow's vibrancy
  • Encyclopaedic Angle Lens – Sweeping landscape with the full arc of the rainbow
  • Telephoto Lens – For distant objects that you want to formulate with the rainbow
  • Standard Lens – Capture foreground, background and the rainbow with not too much trouble


How To Photography A Rainbow, Step-By-Step: 


Caution 1. A Bit Of Luck Needs To Be On Your Side 

Unfortunately, due to the conditions that are needed for a rainbow to appear, you really do need to be in the right obligation at the right time (you might see a few more at this time of year though due to the rainy nature of April). Don't fancy waiting for one to appear in the sky atop you? You'll also find them in bubbles and near other water sources such as fountains in town squares and around waterfalls.


Stoop proceed 2: Get Your Positioning Right 

If you do happen to stumble across one, position yourself so the rainbow can act as a frame for a building, interesting rock creation or whatever photogenic subject you may find. If you don't, your shot will just look empty and boring. For added interest, position yourself so the rainbow intersects your case as this is where the eye will be drawn to.

Leading lines such as deep shadows and long roads will draw the eye into the picture as fine as add interest to the shot. If you do this use a small aperture so the foreground and rainbow rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting are both in focus. You also need to work quickly as they can appear and vanish within a theme of minutes. 

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Step 3: Don't Meter From Dark Skies

As rainbows need moisture and sunlight to appear profuse often than not you'll have clouds full of rain lingering in the back of your shot but this isn't a bad thing as the dark stains of storm clouds will help enhance the vibrancy of the rainbow, making the colours really stand out. Just make sure you don't meter of this section of the sky though as your rainbow will end up losing some of its punch.

 If you get the chance, do spend some time assessing which angle the rainbow looks most vibrant at to redecorate it really stand out from the sky behind it.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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