As a travel photographer it can be incredibly frustrating and stressful
when you have limited time somewhere and you are hit with overcast, or
even rainy days. It
can be difficult to keep yourself motivated, so here are a few tips on
what to photograph, or what you can do instead on overcast or rainy
Edit, caption and add metadata to photos
If you are on an assignment or are planning to send images to a stock
library, then every image needs to be captioned, the location added,
and have metadata attached to it. So it might be wise to use the time to
add details to photos while they are fresh in your mind. You could also use the time to start editing the photos,
for example by going through and deleting all of the obvious mistakes
(i.e. camera shake) or flagging the ones you think are good. Every
little thing you do while away means less work when you get home.
This is a personal favourite strategy of mine. Head out to the locations you were going to photograph and scout them first hand. How do you get there? Where is the car park? What is the best time of day to photograph
it? Find the best angles and views, etc. Once you’ve done the ground
work it means that when you have the right conditions, you know exactly
where to go and what photos to take.
Take portraits or environmental portraits
If you are planning to photograph people, then overcast days are a great time
to do it. The soft light will mean that their face will be evenly lit
without harsh shadows. Or alternatively, look to capture environmental
portraits, like showing people going about their lives or daily jobs.
Check your camera
You do need some time to clean up your camera properly. It should be good chance for you to make your best friend cleaner. You also might need to check your shutter count, or simply reading some new photography tips.
You should photograph food
on your trip whenever you can, but overcast days are great for
photographing food outdoors, as again you won’t have harsh daylight and
shadows to deal with. So if you are heading out to lunch (and it’s warm
enough), sit outside and capture your meal before you tuck in.