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Important guidelines for photographing a rainbow
Rainbows have been a fascinating subject of photography for hobbyists. Since rainbows are not solid objects one of the keys to photographing them is to capture them in front of a background that allows them to stand out as much as possible. A background that is like dark clouds or mountains is ideal for rainbow photography.

It needs to be understood that it’s not always possible to get an ideal background, therefore, one needs to change the angle or to focus just upon part of the rainbow that is in front of a darker background. Thus, it is important to carefully think about how you compose your shot when photographing a rainbow.

For a reasonable photograph of a rainbow, the first thing is to try  and reduce the exposure by metering off the light area of the sky. This is helpful in making the rainbow image a bit dark and deepening the colours. Secondly, changing the angle of view to further enhance the intensity of the rainbow image is helpful.

Thirdly, a position more perpendicular to the rainbow’s arch will result in a well composed image. Lastly, if get to locate under a covered area you will be able to get a darker frame of reference all around for the image to stand out.

If you have tripod, the zoom/wide angle perspectives can be experimented with by using different focal lengths since zooming right in, on a part of the rainbow can also lead to spectacular results.

Many times, the end point of the rainbow, the point where a rainbow meets the horizon, can be an important point in any rainbow photography. Furthermore with a polarizing filter, one can experiment with rotating it to get some good effects.

The inset pictures in the collage have been taken from differents angles and with different backgrounds. The central picture was taken by Neha Dubey of Jaipur with her mobile phone camera from a fly-over. The collage shows that darker backgrounds make the rainbow stand out.

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