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My favorite weather to shoot photos in
I’m shooting with my friend Katrina in a little bit and she asked me “Are we still shooting even though there’s no sun?” And my reply was “yes!”, because that is the best kind of weather to take photos in. I realized that people who aren’t into photography might know this, so I’m writing this to tell you! Overcast and very cloudy days are simply the best and here are some reasons why.
No harsh sunlight. If you haven’t noticed direct sunlight is really bright. Whoever is being photographed can’t face the sunlight most the time without squinting. If it’s the afternoon and the sun is right above the subject, it will cast unappealing shadows on the person’s face.
You can shoot anywhere. Because of all the above mentioned problems direct sunlight causes, it can limit where you can shoot. Usually I try to stay in the shade while I’m shooting, unless I’m trying to do backlighting. At least when the subject is backlit, I’m the one looking into the sun! If it’s overcast we can pretty much go wherever we want without having to worry about the light.
More comfortable. Bright sunlight can be annoying in all seasons. In the warmer months, it just makes it hotter, which doesn’t make for a fun photoshoot. We’ll both be walking quite a bit, I’ll be carrying gear, and you might be jumping around! Overcast makes all these tasks a little bit more enjoyable. In the colder months, direct sunlight can reflect off the snow and really hurt your eyes.
So there you go! Those are some of my personal reasons for preferring to shoot on an overcast day. There are always exceptions and I do want to start experimenting with direct light, but I’ll save those for my friends. If you’re paying for my services, I’ll stick to what I know and make sure you get some great shots!