Overcast vs. Sunny Days for Filming

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Most of us wait for bright, clear blue, sunny skies to start filming, thinking it’s the best light we could ask for. However, you might be surprised to learn that a cloudy day could actually be your secret weapon for creating great videos!

Clouds act like a giant softbox in the sky, which is a tool photographers and videographers use to make light softer and more flattering. Instead of the harsh, direct sunlight that creates strong shadows, an overcast or partly cloudy sky spreads the light out evenly. This means fewer sharp shadows on faces or objects, making everything look smoother and softer in your videos. It’s like having a professional lighting crew at your disposal without the hassle or cost.

Overlooking a field of wheat on an overcast day

Another bonus of filming on a cloudy day is how it makes your on-camera presence better. Without the sun’s intense glare, you don’t have to worry about squinty eyes or harsh shadows from wearing hats. It’s a great way to get professional-looking results with the gear you already have; no extra equipment required.

Of course, not every day is all sunshine and rainbows; see what I did there? There are some downsides to cloudy days to consider. The biggest one is that sometimes things don’t look as bright and colorful under an overcast sky, so you may lose some colors that make an image stand out. Before filming, it’s important to always check the weather and see what conditions will make your filming day more enjoyable.

So, before you postpone your next video project waiting for the sun to shine, consider giving a cloudy day a chance. You might find that the soft, even light can help your videos come to life in a way you hadn’t expected. Remember, taking a step back and considering how certain situations and weather conditions can improve your videos is important.

Reach out to me for any questions you may have on this topic or anything related to video production!