Week after weeks of rain interspersed with overcast autumn days and I’ve not been out and about with the camera until now. Of course, the lighting was dull, the scenery dank, a cool wind was blowing but rather than regarding the day as yet another damp squib, I persevered. Finding these photography tips from Mile Bourne afterwards made it even more worthwhile
Don’t leave your cameras at home just because it’s cloudy and you think the light’s rubbish. Overcast days present their own opportunities
On a dull cloudy day the light is coming down from all around and the sky becomes one giant overhead soft box which stretches from horizon to horizon
Instead of looking for the ‘big’ pictures focus your attention on smaller cameos of your location. Big scenes need great light to bring out texture and form but close ups of flowers, leaves, and frozen drops of water all work brilliantly.
If your camera has ‘picture settings’ in the main menu try using ‘Vivid’. This will enhance colour saturation and contrast both of which will be missing from the available light.
Set your white balance manually to Cloudy or Shade. Don’t use auto White balance as it can be confused by the colour of the subject and make the picture look dull
Slow down and think about your composition. When you don’t have great light to make an image work your composition has to be powerful. The ‘Rule of Thirds’, strong diagonals and lead in lines will help.
As you get in close – look for abstract repeating patterns.
More from this photography session tomorrow with Tuesday Textures