Today’s Overcast; Nature’s Reflector


A piece of glass, metal, or other material for reflecting light in a required direction
In Photography – a reflector is an improvised or specialized reflective surface used to redirect light toward a given subject or scene.
Overcast days are my personal favorite to shoot. The sky has a captivating character that adds so much definition to your photos.
Clouds are known to be “nature’s reflector” or “nature’s soft box”, and they make a great backdrop when shooting portraits. They diffuse bright light, creating a soft light that flatters your subject and creates beautiful highlight tones.
For those who enjoy shooting silhouettes, place your subject in front of the sun during the golden hour (sunset). You’ll see stunning reds, yellows, oranges, purples and/or blues in overcast skies that help create drama, and mystery.wm005
Tips for Shooting on an Overcast Day:
ISO – Start by setting your ISO to about 400. Remember that not all overcast settings are the same. Rule of thumb – the darker the room, the higher the ISO level.
Shutter Speed – Light overcast = f/11; Totally overcast = f/8; Be careful not to let your shutter speed drop too much to the point where you can’t easily freeze the scene when trying to take a sharp picture.
Add color to wardrobe, props, and/or background –  If you’re not shooting during the golden hour, you run the risk of capturing white or gray dull skies. Add vibrant colors to your wardrobe, props, and/or background to make your subject(s) pop.

Elliot Erwitt said “Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with things you see, and everything to do with the way you see them”.

As I always mention, these are only tips and recommendations for how I create my photos. My eyes may not see what your eyes do. If it feels right, then shoot it – and share it with me. I would love to see what you create, so please leave a comment with the link where I can follow your work.

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