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Lessons Learned – Cloudy day photography


The typical British cloudy sky does not mean having fun with photography has to stop… or so I kept telling myself when I was out and about this week trying to practice. I put on a brave face and was determined that the weather was not going to derail my photography plans that day.

To tell you the truth I struggled slightly with the camera settings so the exposure for each image was appropriate. I learnt the hard way that playing around with the ISO settings between 400, 800 or even more to let in enough light coupled with perhaps increasing the aperture and shutter speed or even to use a tripod could lead you on the right track. Exposure compensation for overriding what the camera thinks is the best exposure is also another element that can be controlled when dealing with getting the settings for a photo just right.

It was not until when I got home and examined the images that I really started to think a little deeper about how I could have driven the camera more to truly reflect the photos I was trying to create. The camera cannot read my mind or know what kind of depth of field I’m trying to achieve or how I can manipulate the light in a scene. The worse thing is creating images with blown-out high-lights….not cool at all but is all part of the learning process.

Photography can be all fun and games at times, but when you are in situations where you have got to think on your feet ever so quickly to set the camera the way it needs to be for a desired shot, knowing and really understanding what your camera can do before hand is crucial.

The overall lesson learnt was if I want really good technically composed images I have to drive the camera and not overlook the crucial elements needed to capture the scene before me.

I’ll leave you with a shot I took while on my travels exploring inside the Southwark Cathedral. I took this photo with my iPhone 6s Plus with minor post editing tweaks made on the Snapseed app.

Southwark Cathedral

Southwark Cathedral

Peace and love guys,

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“Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.” – Matt Hardy


Author: Sóla Snapshot

Photographer and blogger - Street | Architecture | Travel My photographic adventures, whether close to home or far away. Lover of good food, dogs (even though I don't have one yet), orangutangs and travelling the world.

8 thoughts on “Lessons Learned – Cloudy day photography

  1. Many people don’t go beyond Program Mode. I’m glad you’re learning to use your camera functions.

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