Join Erin Manning for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with overcast light, part of Up and Running with Lighting: Natural Light.
You might think that a gray, overcast day would be a good reason to cancel a …photoshoot, but an overcast sky can result in great photos. …Instead of a direct light source coming from a single spot in the sky, the clouds …on an overcast day create a huge soft box in the sky. …Resulting in even, diffused light falling on your subjects, and less contrast in …your images. Depending on the time of day you're …shooting, the gray day cloud cover may result in portrait images that still need …a little pop of light to brighten up the eyes and eliminate any unwanted shadows …on the face. My photos of Josh were looking a little …dark and blah until I handed him a Reflector to bounce a little light back …into the the darker areas. Now his eyes have a catch light and the …light on his face have a bright and even. I'll be covering reflectors in more …detail later in the course but I wanted to share this little secret for …brightening up faces on an overcast day. If you don't have an assistant or …reflector stand handy, it's okay to have your subject hold the reflector near …
- Learning to identify the quality of light
- Avoiding color casts
- Setting exposure, white balance, and ISO
- Finding good natural light
- Reflecting and diffusing light
- Understanding lighting ratios