Photographing in cloudy day

  • It is recommended that the sun should always be behind you when taking pictures and that photographing on cloudy days was recommended at all. Even if this were technically possible, the insufficient brightness and demand on ISO sensitivity will make it a hard time to produce a good photo.

  • Though the technology on camera sensors has been improving steadily over the years, some DSLR can still perform really well with 1600 ISO or even 32000 ISO and thus speed have increased without impairing much on picture quality. Photographs that would have been impossible to take a couple of decades ago, at least without at a time exposure, are now so easy that everyone can take a cloudy day in his stride. And with more and more type of noise reduction software available nowadays, it gives no excuse not to take a photo in cloudy day anymore.

  • That is not to say that ninety-nine times out of a hundred one wouldn't prefer the sun to be visible. Under a dense, overcast sky the lighting is always flat and everything looks gray. As a result a given scene offers much less contrast than it would if the sun were out.

  • At the same time, by making the most of such situations you can take unusual and often hauntingly beautiful pictures. For instance, interesting pictures can be made when you find a dark subject that stands out sharply from the background and creates an interesting pattern. The reverse is also true-snowflakes, for instance. I have found that snow photographed in black and white on a dark overcast day can produce much more dramatic results than a similar scene shot in bright sunlight. I always used to shoot snow scenes in bright sunlight; now I am prepared to make the most of whatever the weather man predicts.

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