December 29, 2023

Overcast days are my favorite light set up!

Education, Photo Tips & Tricks

Why Overcast Weather is Not a Bad Thing on the Day of a Photo Session

When you plan an outdoor photo session, naturally, the weather is going to play a leading role. Unfortunately, you cannot control the weather and you should prepare for the fact that the weather might be overcast on the day.

This doesn’t have to be a bad thing though. In fact, overcast lighting is one of my very favorite natural light set ups to work with!

Here’s why you should still go ahead with your photo session even if the weather isn’t quite what you want it to be.

-         You can shoot at different angles. While a sunny shoot is great, it can sometimes be tricky to get the right shot because your photographer must find the right angle. This isn’t the case when it’s overcast. This is a particular plus if you’ve opted for a documentary photo session because your photographer can really shoot moments as they happen.

-         It adds more texture. An overcast sky can give the natural elements in your shot a lot more texture, making your photos even more eye-catching and interesting. 

-         You have more timing options. When the skies are clear, you will need to pick a very specific time to shoot. Your photographer may also need to use other elements in your surroundings to filter the light. When you have an overcast setting, the sky is the limit, and you can move around more freely. 

-         It adds more drama and emotion. An overcast setting is ideal if you want to capture photos that you can print and use as works of art in your home. The moody skies add more drama and emotion to your photos. 

In the end, it’s the experience that makes or breaks your photo session, not the weather. Plus, when you’ve already planned out all the finer details, there’s no need to let the weather get in the way of your photo session. Your photographer is there to make sure that everything still goes according to plan and that you walk away with amazing photos.  

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