Dull day photography: what (and how) to shoot when the sun isn’t shining

Dull day photography: what (and how) to shoot when the sun isn't shining

Best subjects to shoot on dull days

Three top subjects to try when the sun’s hiding

Best subjects to shoot on dull days: moving water

Moving water
Find some fast-moving water and use a slow shutter speed to blur the flow. Fit a polarising filter to reduce some of the surface glare and add contrast, and aim for a shutter speed of around 0.5 to two seconds by setting a low ISO and small aperture.

 

Best subjects to shoot on dull days: calm water

Calm water
Mirror calm water is a great way to add another dimension to your shots by creating a perfect reflection of the main subject. Mornings are good for this, when there is less chance of wind. Zoom in to crop out the sky, and try placing the water level on the thirds as well as centrally.

 

Best subjects to shoot on dull days: landscape sections

Landscape sections
Use a short to mid telephoto lens to pick out smaller sections from within the landscape. By honing in on characteristic features it’s possible to convey the essence of location just as effectively as a wider shot, and in many cases the results have greater impact and more appeal.

PAGE 1: Why you should add water to your dull day compositions
PAGE 2: Best subjects to shoot on dull days
PAGE 3: How to shoot waves
PAGE 4: Three essential tips for shooting in dull weather

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