Portraits 3 – Shoot on Cloudy Bright Days

Samantha on a cloudy bright day.

If you are new to portrait photography, a cloudy bright day is the best kind of day to start shooting portraits. The light on a cloudy bright day is soft and forgiving.


A cloudy bright day has just enough clouds so you don’t cast a shadow, but not so many clouds that it is dark and gloomy. Sometimes you get cloudy bright light on a sunny day when just the right thickness of cloud passes momentarily in front of the sun.

Ellie Marie.

Cloudy bright days give you soft light that is very flattering to human skin. I love cloudy bright days for portraits.


On cloudy bright days you should keep the cloudy sky out of your portraits.


Portraits 1 – Introduction

Portraits 2 – Sunlight Can Be Really Bad Portrait Light

Portraits 3 – Shoot On Cloudy Bright Days (this article)

Portraits 4 – On Sunny Days Use Open Shade

Portraits 5 – On Sunny Days Use the Sun as Backlight

Portraits 6 – Sunlight as Your Main Light