How to Shoot Great Monsoon Photos

How to Shoot Great Monsoon Photos

By Dheeraj Paul

One of the most mesmerizing seasons for passionate photographers is Monsoon. This is the time of the year when, each photographer finds his/ her peace in drenched leaves, damped streets, colourful umbrellas and portraits. Here are a few tips to make this season of wide genres, last forever:

  1. Step out of your comfort zone to get some fascinating shots, this monsoon.
  2. Don’t restrict yourself to a specific Focal Length. Try to use different lenses to give your album a unique perspective. For instance, choose:
    • Wide angle lens to capture the busy streets
    • Long tele-lens for portraits  
  3. Pick your Sony Alpha to get some of the must haves:
    • The delightful side of architecture photography
    • The white cotton-like clouds up in the sky complimenting all kinds of foregrounds
    • Reflections in the water from a low angle - the perfect vantage point to click dramatic and unique images
    • Rainbows (if you’re lucky enough) that complement landscapes and city-spaces
  4. Go natural with soft and subtle light. It’s perfect for portraits.
  5. Try the 1/30 sec and 1/60 sec of shutter speed, they’re ideal to capture shots in rains.
  6. Enhance saturation using the Polariser Filter. It helps you capture clear and glare free water-bodies.

Must try:

  • Picture effect and Creative style - make any dull looking shot brighter & richer
  • POP effect and Vivid mode - bring out the punch while capturing in overcast/ dull weather

Recommendations:

  1. Camera

    Full frame & APSC equipment for shooting in monsoon:

    • A7RM2 with FE 24-70mm

      F: 2.8 Gmaster | FE 85mm | f:1.8 Gmaster

    • A6500 with E 16-70mm

      F: 4 Z

  2. Equipment safety
    Try shooting from inside your vehicle to keep your equipment safe. If by any chance it gets wet, remove the battery at once, wipe it with soft dry cloth and keep it at a dry place for a while.
  3. Check List
    • Camera, lenses
    • Extra batteries
    • Memory cards
    • Cloth to wipe equipment
    • Plastic bags or rain covers to protect camera and other equipment
    • An umbrella or rain coat, if you want to take pictures while it’s raining
    • Filter to protect lens from rain
    • Polariser filter

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About Dheeraj Paul

Dheeraj Paul, (born: 1974, Delhi) internationally acclaimed photographer, hails from a family of well-known skilled professional photographers. He has been working for over two decades as an editorial & advertising photographer. His specializations are People & Travel, Fine-Art Photography, Food and Architecture Photography. He believes in stealing moments in daily-life situations. Besides outdoor photography he is an expert in indoor lighting situations and studio lighting set-ups. He teaches Advanced Photography to Post Graduate students at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at the Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi. He Mentors Photography Master Class, Photo Expeditions & Nature Camps with his trained team across South East Asia. Dheeraj is part of Jury for renowned Sony World Photography Awards 2014. He has also been invited thrice in a row for the International Jury by HUMANITY PHOTO AWARDS 2009, 2011 & 2013 China, which was jointly organized by the China Folklore Photographic Association (CFPA) and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).