Overcast skies!

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Muddee's picture
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Overcast skies!

I haven't had too much luck this spring with the weather, seems most days we have overcast skies, so I am wondering if anyone has some advice on taking good pictures of plants and people when the weather is not so co-operative.

CJWilkes's picture
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I love overcast days!!! If it was not raining I would be out today.

Just be cognizant of where the sun is because it still applies with your subjects as far as their squinting or not.

AmberBella's picture
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Overcast skies are the best! The only problem is that sometimes overcast lighting can be a little too even, so it's a good idea to still use sources of shade to create more dimension in the lighting.

For example....these were taken yesterday in completely overcast skies.

Both photos are completely SOOC.

This shows the flat, even light you often get on an overcast day.

IMG_5338 WEB by amberbella, on Flickr

And when we wanted a more dramatic look, I took her next to a very large tree and used the shade on one side of the tree and the open sky from the other to create more dramatic lighting.

IMG_5438 WEB by amberbella, on Flickr

ButtonsMama's picture
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If you see my other thread, all of those pics (of the baby) were taken with a very thick cloud cover overhead. It had rained all night Friday to Saturday and was threatening rain on Saturday morning. I found where I thought the sun probably was, turned a picnic table under a pavillion toward it and set up my backdrop. I agree that overcast skies are the best. Your subject can took directly toward the light and not squint!

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"ButtonsMama" wrote:

If you see my other thread, all of those pics (of the baby) were taken with a very thick cloud cover overhead. It had rained all night Friday to Saturday and was threatening rain on Saturday morning. I found where I thought the sun probably was, turned a picnic table under a pavillion toward it and set up my backdrop. I agree that overcast skies are the best. Your subject can took directly toward the light and not squint!

I have to disagree with this. Your subject will still be affected by the light - just not as badly as full sun.

Amber? Did you use off camera flash or lights on that last one? Love your examples!

Ladybugsteph's picture
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Great examples, as usual, Amber!

I have to agree with Cindy. Carson is a notorious squinter, and even squints on overcast days. That being said, I still am definitely more in my element on overcast/cloudy days. Probably my favorite time to shoot (aside from golden hour Wink )

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I too LOVE overcast days! Lots of even, soft light for big catchlights Smile

AmberBella's picture
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"CJWilkes" wrote:

I have to disagree with this. Your subject will still be affected by the light - just not as badly as full sun.

Amber? Did you use off camera flash or lights on that last one? Love your examples!

Nope...that's all natural light, no enhancement. I use this tree a lot. It's giant and lets me really play with the light. Wish I had a pull back. Sad

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Most all of my shoots have been on overcast days. LOVE overcast days! I do agree that the person will still squint. I didn't realize that until the other day when I was shooting Ruthie and Randy in the field and Ruthie kept squinting.