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February 1, 2021

How to avoid dark under-eyes on an overcast day?

If it happens to be an overcast day during a session I often hear clients tell me how these days must be a photographers dream… “you can shoot anywhere!” Well as you most likely already know lighting is one of, if not the most important step of setting up a photograph. While you might not be facing the same lighting challenges on an overcast day, there are a few things you should look for when posing your clients to elevate your images in camera! I prefer to shoot as close to the finished product in camera as I can. This saves me LOADS of time post-production.

Take a look at the images above. Notice how the image on the left hand side Kelcey is evenly exposed from top to bottom. Now look at the image on the right hand side. While still a beautiful image, take note at her eyes. On the right, the sun is creating shadows in her eyes. If I would have opened them up just slightly to their left, angling them more towards to sun it would have eliminated the shadows practically completely!

Just a simple change makes a huge difference! Want to learn what to look for? Follow these 4 simple steps below:

  1. Locate the sun.
  2. Have someone stand in front of you and rotate with you 360*.
  3. As you rotate, watch under their eyes. You should see them brighten or darken.
  4. When the under eye area is bright and even with the rest of your face you’re in the right spot!

Let me know if you try out this tip!


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