Originally Posted by brucer007
Some great lighting can be found when the Sun is not out. Cloudy days can give softer, more flattering lighting than direct sunlight.
This is a great point. MORE light isn't necessarily BETTER light. Direct sun is one of the least desirable scenarios for portraits:
- It gives hard shadows, generally unflattering on faces
- It causes the scene to have a very wide "dynamic range" - that is, any white or shiny areas that the sun is hitting are going to be SUPER bright, and any dark areas that are in the shadows are going to be extremely dark. This is a tough scenario for even the best camera.
- Most importantly, direct sunlight causes the subject to squint and scrunch up their face. Not a good look on anyone!