Most of the photographers out there are reluctant to take out their cameras during rain. In fact, if you ask me, it is the best time to get a good shot. Do you know Why? You will get well-saturated colors. There will not be any haze or dust particles in the atmosphere. So, there would a great feel in your picture.
If you are a bird photographer then you can do creative bird photography. Using a slower shutter speed would make the raindrops look like white streaks on the picture. Try different shutter speeds and see the results. You can even do photography just after the rain.
If you can get close to the bird then try photographing bird close ups. You can see bird shaking of water from their feathers. Use a slow shutter speed to capture these scenes. You can see the motion blur effects in your picture. It is recommended to use a tripod when you are going for slow shutter speeds.
If you are a landscape photographer then you will get dramatic light during rains. You can make use of this opportunity to get unique pictures. Try different image compositions. If you are new to landscape photography then try composing with the famous rule of thirds in photography. Make use of camera filters for special effects.
Sometimes, rain may be accompanied by thunder and lightning. You can even try photographing the thunder. Macro photography is another option to try out. Raindrops on leaves, moss, grass or any other subjects are good contenders for macro photography. Sometimes you may get lucky with fog. Mist and fog bring lots of feel to the picture.
Don’t get worried that you may end up screwing your camera. You can make use of camera rain covers to protect your camera from rain while doing photography. Use a good rain cover to cover yourself.