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WHY CLOUDY DAYS ARE AWESOME

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PHOTOGRAPHY by KRISS on 08 october 2015

Have you ever noticed how good is the colour rendition on cloudy days, how skin tones are just perfect and the rest as well ?

Well, this is called indirect light and clouds are the easiest and most natural way to achieve this beautifully ! Clouds act like a screen in front of the direct source of light, which is the sun.
Blocking direct rays, you still get light and are not put in pitch black darkness but the light is very even, you have no shadow and this is perfect conditions for portrait photography, dramatic landscaping, broad daylight long exposures and much much more.


I usually choose cloudy days for awsome portraiture put sometimes I have to shoot what’s available (the seagull was not a bad one).

Long exposure photography in broad day light

Well since the light is always weaker on cloudy days, this allows you to extend the time of your long exposures.
I often end up at least doubling it on distant white clouds and more than triple it on darker cloudy days.

Dramatic landscaping could be grouped with the long exposures but sometimes cloud are already smooth enough or you might simply want your images as you see them in the wild.

Now, about portraiture, although natural tamed light is ideal, it needs a bit of experience to avoid dull and flat images.
Sometimes, you can hardly see where the light is coming from anymore and you get faces in the shadow without even realizing it.
There are several ways to avoid, that, the first one being to check where the sun actually is.
Then, you can use a flashlight to compensate or as fill light.
Reflective surfaces in a city can also work wonders.
So with all that taken into consideration, next time you feel a storm coming, don’t start depressing and get out shoot some stuff.
Your greens will be greener you pinks pinker and life so much funnier !

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