The better your camera, the more often you will be able to take indoor pictures of people without having to use a camera flash. Professionals use this no-flash technique to induce a subdued glow - and to avoid the shortcomings of the camera flash (see my "Flash" page). They use indoor incandescent bulbs and/or the soft natural luminosity coming through a window.
Most vacationers think midday is the optimum time for outdoor photography. It's actually the worst time if it's sunny because the overhead sunlight is strong and harsh, which can wash out your photographed colors.
The two best daylight times are in the early morning and late afternoon. The low-angled sunrays grace landscapes and people in soft, rich, warm colors (yellow, reds, and oranges). And, the long shadows produce interesting contrasts.
If the sky is overcast or hazy, don't put away your camera. Such skies are better than sunny ones for photographing people up close because the diffused illumination softens facial features. Flowers also look their best under grayish skies - their colors become vivid.
What you don't want to do is to include too much of a gray sky in your photo because that could depress the overall mood of your picture.
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