Lisa from Seattle writes:
Living in the Pacific Northwest means dealing with rain for half of the year. I am relatively new to real estate photography and have made the decision early-on to outsource my editing. Being able to offer blue skies on every shoot is a service that my clients love but some days it's raining so hard that I can't get any decent exterior shots without capturing the rain drops. A wet driveway is one thing, but raindrops in a photo obviously doesn't make sense if you have a perfectly blue sky. I feel like there should be a simple solution for this problem but for the life of me, I can't figure it out myself. Any ideas?
I can relate to your situation; only in my part of the world, we're dealing with snowflakes instead of rain drops! You're right, there is a simple fix to this problem. Just set your camera up on a tripod and slow your shutter speed down until you get to a point where the raindrops are no longer frozen in the frame. Usually when it's that rainy, the ambient light is low enough that you only need to decrease your ISO to balance your exposure. If lowering your ISO doesn't work, you can also use a smaller aperture or a ND filter.
I think having a wet driveway and blue sky looks perfectly fine, but that's a personal preference and it might be wise to see where your client stands on the issue.