Shooting in Overcast Weather

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A glimpse of grey skies can discourage a photographer from going out for a shoot. It's time to change that perspective and look at the brighter side of overcast days! Here are a few points to consider when shooting in cloudy weather.

Credits: kingmetal & lilo

Celebrate the Muted Tones

Take a stroll with your camera on quiet mornings embraced by frost and fog. Moody, subdued tones can be appealing as well, evoking nostalgia and a sense of calm. Don't forget to use a high ISO film (preferably 400 ISO), so that you can shoot at all lighting conditions.

Credits: gnarlyleech, skysurfing, hoseun, michiricks & xsara

Pop a Flash of Color

Put your color gel filters to good use when it's dull and grey. Turn on your flash, slip in a color gel filter, and shoot your subject against the light for best results. No color gels on hand? Be on the lookout for light sources that can lend a warm glow to an otherwise lackluster scene.

Credits: fruchtzwerg_hh

Bask in Black & White

Switch off the color completely and make monochromatic memories. Let the shadows and highlight come into play and shoot timeless photographs in black & white. Bonus points when you're shooting with a camera that emits vignetting, just like a Diana F+.

Credits: werriston, adash, xsara & troch

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4 Comments

  1. umeshu
    umeshu ·

    OK, cool! I think that XPro works really well too!

  2. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    For B&W, adjust contrast and tone with with red R25 and R29 and yellow Y1, Y2, and Y3 filters!!

  3. shhquiet
    shhquiet ·

    @herbert-4 great tip! :)

  4. shhquiet
    shhquiet ·

    @umeshu yep! people are more prone to x-pro when it's sunnier, but it won't hurt to try when it's cloudy too :)

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