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Add a touch of gray

Many people wait for sunny days to shoot outdoors, keeping their camera tucked away when there’s overcast. That’s too bad, because gray days, fog, mist, and even stormy skies can bring a sense of drama and mystery to your landscape pictures. For one thing, the lack of glaring sunlight provides a soft focus to your photos and prevents your subject from having squinty eyes. In addition, cloudy skies create a muted tonal range, great for shooting in sepia or black-and-white. Just remember to be careful with your shutter and aperture settings; the reflective light of cloudy skies can fool your camera’s light meter into thinking there’s more available light than actually exists.