DIY: Taking Photos on Cloudy Days
Contrary to what you might think, when shooting in natural light, cloudy days / overcast weather, can turn out to be the best days for outdoor photography. In the photography industry we call clouds 'nature's soft box'. And they are exactly that! With proper composition, and shooting at adequate angles, clouds can help you bring out your subject in many flattering ways that the sun cannot. The most important, being that it provides you with soft, even light. For my style of photography, when I use a soft box or a reflector, I use them either as a fill or a bounce source, and I shoot at wider apertures and higher ISO to properly expose my image the way I want to. Depending on your style of photography, your use of these might be different, but nature's soft box is always the same. Learning how to take advantage of cloudy, overcast days, can take your photography to a whole new level!
Taking Photos of Succulents and Cactus Flowers
I did these images after taking a glance outside and realizing that the beautiful, overcast weather we have in Altamonte Springs, would serve well to snap a few images of my succulents. I've never been one to love plants. In fact, I'm the kind of person that would be really excited about getting plants, and next thing you know, they would be life-less. dead. completely dead. And I don't know why! However, I never gave up. About 6 months ago, I began my little succulent nursery at home. I still have a whole lot to learn about succulents, and how to care for them, but at least they haven't died on me! Some of them I bought up in Ocala, others were gifted to me, and the rest I just buy each time I feel stressed, and bummed out.
Succulents bring me happiness, and joy. There's something about them that function like an energy drink for me. Is this weird?! Anyways, today, they were my main subjects. Even when my subjects are not people, my main goal is always the same; to get the image right, in-camera, rather than shooting and relying solely on editing and post-processing. I guess this is the main reason why all my images always have the same vibe and feel. I hope my baby succulents bring you as much joy as they bring me, and that these tips that I'm sharing will help you take amazing photos of your plants, or the things you love! Comment, and let me know what you love about plants, or what your hobby is! I would love to read them.
Much love. As always, be inspired 💛
My baby succulents were so much fun to shoot! My mayor challenge was the cactus flower, and the most interesting one to shoot was the momma succulent. I hope you enjoyed these beauties, and learned that the next time it's overcast outside, go out there, take your camera, and make magic!
If you're in Central Florida, you might be interested in this class that I'll be hosting in July! Learn Your Camera 101 - Beginner Photography Class
Yanitza Ninett is a Lifestyle & Portrait Photographer based in Orlando, serving the Central Florida area, St. Augustine and Georgia. Her blog, Pieces of Me, features most of her work, along with photography tips, lifestyle sessions, personal experiences and travels. Yanitza Ninett documents Engagement Sessions, Beach Weddings, Seniors, Family Sessions & Boudoir. The YN Experience characterizes by giving an unforgettable photography experience along with professionalism and dedication. We are about telling stories...your story! Contact us for more info!