How to shoot QUICK and EASY portraits on a overcast day EVEN with your Iphone
4 easy tips to take photos on an overcast day with a Dslr or with your phone
We do not get a LOT of overcast days in Las Vegas, so I thought it would be the perfect blog post to show you some quick tips to take your kiddos our for some quick AWESOME photos. you can use your DSLR or you can try this with your IPHONE either way it will work , lighting is lighting!!!
When shooting portraits on an overcast day, the sky can act like a giant soft box creating soft, even light.
You generally don’t have to worry about bright sunshine making your subject squint, dappled light coming through trees, or harsh shadows on your subjects.
However, because this giant softbox is positioned directly overhead, it can be hard to have anything other than flat lighting, catchlights can be hard to come by, and portraits can sometimes seem flat and boring. This tips will help you take EASY beautiful photos EVEN with your PHONE!
1.Choose a location that has lots of open space.
Wide open space is key on overcast days. You will want to place your subject in an area where the available light can surround them. Try to avoid dense forests and other super covered areas since they will not have good light to illuminate your subjects. It will be too dark.
2. Position your subjects facing where the sun would be
Even though the sun isn’t out and shining, it’s still important to face your subjects TOWARDS the light (or where the sun would be).
This will help light up your subject’s face, keep them from looking drab and muddy. If you’re not sure of the direction of the sun, pull out your handy compass on your phone and figure it out! It will pay off in the end!
( or do my trick that I show on the video bellow at the end of the post.
3.Shoot looking down to get those catchlights.
Pretty catchlights make a photo pop, even though the sun isn’t out in full force, you can still manage to get catchlights if you try!
I suggest shooting from above your kiddo, have them look up into your camera so their faces are tilted towards the sky.
If your subject is standing, have them tilt their chin up slightly to keep their eyes directed up to the sky
4. Use a pop of color and have fun!
Hats, scarfs, rain boots !! you call it!
Easy peasy, not need to overcomplicate it!
And if you are feeling unsure of the lighting here is a trick I use ALL the time, still 11 years into shooting, because sometimes light is tricky!
I could not upload this video for the love of me so you can just click on this link lol!
Would love to see if you venture out!!!
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