Many people who practice photography as a hobby or career know about the exposure triangle of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. One other exposure setting that is often ignored is white balance (WB). Too often articles about white balance do not explain each setting, only mentioning it as a means to be creative. In this article I only want to speak about the cloudy WB setting and its benefits.
One of the benefits of using cloudy WB is a general softer look to your images. This softness is much less dramatic than using a diffusion or soft filter. This benefit is good for flowers and portraits.
Another benefit of using cloudy WD is better green color. The picture with this article is an example of what using the cloudy WB setting to get better green. Notice the difference in hues of green.
Mood is also a benefit of cloudy white balance. This setting helps create a mood that is promotes comfort. This helps viewer get a sense of calm and relaxation.
Using cloudy WB with a circular polarizing filter (CPL) during harsh mid-day light is helpful. This configuration can help get similar lighting of the golden hour. The picture above is shot with a CPL and cloudy WB setting.
Shooting in different light situations is the best way to find the benefits of cloudy WB. This is encouragement to step into cloudy WB.