Overcast days are supposed to be the best for diffused-even lighting right? I beg to differ. I have always avoided overcast days like the black plague. The light can be so..well, sad! Every session I have ever had on overcast days has been the most troubling and difficult to edit. I thought it was supposed to be the best type of light! I took these images to demonstrate what I mean. These are not fancy, but merely a way to show what the lighting looked like, the type of shadows the light was casting and how in the end I finally found my light!
Here we have my oh-so-happy 9 year old standing on the back porch on an overcast day. You can see the light coming down from above and resulting in some harsh shadowing along with a tree overhead adding to the shadows on the left.
Here again we have our little guy standing directly out in the light. You can see the light is coming down and making very harsh shadows over his face.
Here we have a much better lighting situation. I used open shade.
Yes! On an overcast day I used OPEN SHADE.
In this particular instance I had him stand facing the light and under the porch umbrella. If you’re wondering the best spot to place your subject when using open shade…your in luck. I’m about to tell you.
The BEST open shade is that little area just between the light and the shade.
You’ll know you’ve found it because it will have soft even lighting and your subject wont be squinting or covered in shadows.
See the drawing I made below to demonstrate:
So now here we go to the final image.
All I did was sharpen up his eyes a bit, cleaned up (spot heal tool) the crumbs from his face and added a matte finish. ~:D