So you want a photo of a rainbow

Make sure you are always carrying your camera or phone with you. Natural rainbows are rarer than you might think? You may get your photo on the first day, or it may be weeks before the conditions are right.

  • If you can’t wait for nature to make you a rainbow, then there are other options. Rainbows can be produced by waterfalls, water fountains, lawn sprinklers and other things that create a spray of water.
  • Once you find your rainbow then ideally, place your camera on something solid or use a tripod.
  • If you are using a phone then set it to maximum resolution (the largest file size).
  • If you are using a camera, have the option, and plan to edit your shots, then select camera raw. This is a file format that gathers as much detail as possible without worrying about file size.
  • Take plenty of photos. It’s best to take a whole series. Zoom in, zoom out change the framing.
  • If you have the option, then use a range of exposure settings. This is sometimes called exposure bracketing. The rainbow will show up best if a photo is a bit darker so that there is more detail in the sky.
  • If your camera has the option, select HDR (high dynamic range) for some shots. This mode allows your device to take three (or more) shots at different exposures and then blends them together to create a better overall result.
  • Once you have the photos, the next option is Adobe Photoshop or similar. With the right set of skills, you can make endless edits and adjustments until your rainbow looks just right.