Tips for Overcast Shooting

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Magnusfarce, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. Magnusfarce

    Magnusfarce Guest

    I'm taking my D70s kit to Scandanavia in a week and will no doubt encounter
    lots of overcast above and lots of snow below. Occasionally, photos I've
    taken under overcast skies turn out to be some of my most interesting shots,
    but most are just drab. What advice and what resources are there for
    shooting under these conditions? TIA

    - Magnusfarce
     
    Magnusfarce, Feb 16, 2007
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  2. I'm taking my D70s kit to Scandanavia in a week and will no doubt encounter
    Two issues:

    1. If you're taking pictures of snow and you want the snow to be
    white, you'll have to overexpose compared to what the camera tells
    you. Otherwise your snow will end up gray.

    2. If you're taking a picture of a person, overast is just about your
    best lighting scenario. If you're taking scenery pictures, you'll
    either want to start learning about filters, or about
    post-processing. (Which one you choose is largely a question of your
    temperment. How do you feel about sitting in front of a computer to
    get your pictures to look good.)

    I'd recommend trying out some fliter/post-processing techniques before
    you leave, to get an idea of what's possible. Next overcast day, take
    a slew of pictures with various settings, and then see what you can do
    with them.

    -Joel
     
    Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Feb 16, 2007
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  3. Magnusfarce,

    Do check the weather for where you are going. Scandinavia is quite a
    large region, with much variation. It can get some gloriously sunny
    winter days, and not all of it is covered with snow.

    Shoot often, bracket, review. Take plenty of memory cards, and wrap up
    well!

    David
     
    David J Taylor, Feb 16, 2007
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  4. Magnusfarce

    Bill Funk Guest

    I like overcast skies; the lighting is so even.
    Landscapes tend to be dull, though. But post processing to bring up
    the color saturation often works. Of course, you can replace an
    overcast sky fairly easily using a mask or selection.
    For other subjects, like people, overcast skies make for beautiful
    portraits.

    --
    Anna Nicole Smith's family and
    friends converged on the late
    model's seaside mansion in the
    Bahamas on Monday. It's chaotic.
    Hundreds of people are waiting
    outside the mansion's security
    gate, and that's just the line
    for the paternity test.
     
    Bill Funk, Feb 16, 2007
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  5. Magnusfarce

    Magnusfarce Guest

    Thanks for the advice. As long as we're talking about such climates, its
    going to be "single digits" cold and I haven't used this camera at such
    temperatures. Any major issues I need to aware of with respect to cold
    temperatures?

    - Magnusfarce
     
    Magnusfarce, Feb 16, 2007
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  6. Magnusfarce

    Magnusfarce Guest

    Unfortunately, no time for experimentation. Any simple filter
    recommendations to play with while I am there?

    - Magnusfarce
     
    Magnusfarce, Feb 16, 2007
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  7. Magnusfarce

    Just D Guest

    "Martin Sørensen"
    - Is that you who sent me the photos from the cell phone a few minutes ago?
    - Oh, sorry, I didn't mean that! Sorry! It was a mistake!
    - You should keep your phone keypad locked or at least you should not put
    your phone inside your pants.

    :)
     
    Just D, Feb 16, 2007
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