Tip of the Day: Capturing Rainbows

Rainbows appear in the sky when millions of water droplets act collectively to form a prism through which light passes and then is reflected. Rainbows can be fleeting, but exciting. Here are a few tips for capturing them before they go.• They are best photographed in front of uncluttered backgrounds.• When shooting rainbows, you want fast shutter speeds because you don’t want to risk blur in the landscape, nor do you want to have too much light to mute the colors.• It’s nice to have a payoff at

Rainbows appear in the sky when millions of water droplets act collectively to form a prism through which light passes and then is reflected. Rainbows can be fleeting, but exciting. Here are a few tips for capturing them before they go.

• They are best photographed in front of uncluttered backgrounds.

• When shooting rainbows, you want fast shutter speeds because you don’t want to risk blur in the landscape, nor do you want to have too much light to mute the colors.

•  It’s nice to have a payoff at the end of a rainbow. If it can’t be a pot of gold, frame an object at the end of the rainbow, or have it end at the end of the frame.

Adapted from 101 Quick and Easy Secrets to Create Winning Photographs by Matthew Bamberg (Course Technology, 2009; $30)