When the weather forecast is for overcast skies with a probability of rain and you’ve arranged a photography session what do you do on the day?
Well, if the model is willing and you’re able to protect your camera from the worst of the weather then why not go ahead? Because it’s a fact that an overcast day can often be a photographer’s best friend. The clouds produce a giant soft light source that may look dull and drab to the human eye but to the camera’s lens it’s a godsend as the difference between highlights and shadows fits comfortably within the limited dynamic range of the average digital camera.
And here I had it all. Grey skies, light drizzle and a willing model, Leja Larska, who was less concerned about the conditions that I was. Leja and I spent a couple of hours together walking around a local park and gardens looking for interesting opportunities. And you don’t need many changes of clothes either to get different looks – just a few layers that you can add or take away. I love working this way – on the hoof.