When should you just bite the bullet and go ahead on rainy days?
Well, I will not go if the weather is dangerous and causing flooding, but that is a given. However, if it is not torrential rain, there are tricks we have up our sleeves to get things done! They might not look quite as good as the sunny day, but sometimes that listing just has to go up.
Shooting to avoid the windows – sounds a bit obvious and is not always the solution, but if you can get away turning your back on one of the key real estate photography rules, do it if the weather is awful. If you cannot shoot away from the window, draw curtains to try to cover any really wet looking windows. Tap the security grills to get off excess water as well.
Fast Shutter Speed – this is a little contrary to what is normally achieved on site, but if you increase the shutter speed, the rain drops should in fact not look as obvious. This will change the look a little from what you are used to and perhaps increase grain as you will need to shoot with a higher ISO or wider aperture, but in today’s world we need to get things done and sometimes there are sacrifices.
Take a see through umbrella – yes, an umbrella is a good idea, but take a see-through one to ensure that your lighting is not affected or blocked. You are already working in basically twilight lighting, so dont make it any more difficult!
Waterproofing – if you dont want your camera to disintegrate, take some waterproofing for you and the camera. Sometimes things catch you out, but remember the home can be reshot. You dont want to damage the camera!
Sky replacements – this is pretty obvious, so ensure your client has agreed to sky replacements as a shoot on a cloudy day just looks awful.
Have a good editor – you need a fantastic editor to ensure that the photos look as realistic as possible. However, be prepared to have some issues with any homes with a lot of trees surrounding the property – the skies will always look a little fake. The images are edited by #BWRM.
Accept that they will not be perfect – Shoots on a rainy day are never perfect. Sometimes they just dont cut it. But with the right light and patience, it can be achieved.
What we cannot do – drone and pole are definitely out on any rainy day. It is a problem, but equipment cannot be protected when it is raining.