Nature’s great white umbrella – also known as an overcast sky – produces beautifully soft and even light. Itï¿½s just the thing for making colors and details come alive. Despite the benefits, though, there also can be drawbacks. Here’s more:
Dark storm clouds can create dramatic landscape or cityscape images. But a featureless white sky often poses a compositional challenge: Quite simply, the glaring brightness can overwhelm all the other elements in a scene.
If possible, find a subject that could be enhanced by an empty white canopy – admittedly not an easy task. Otherwise, your best bet is to try the following approach:
Avoid grand landscapes and, instead, narrow your focus to smaller scenes and detail shots that aren’t dependent on a strong sky. Then try one of the following options:
– Minimize the amount of the blank sky – say, by obscuring much of it with trees.
– Leave that sky out of the frame entirely.
Although the light of heavy overcast can enhance colorful flowers, people portraits, and other subjects, it really pays to pay attention to the sky!