Photographing The Sky

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

You can recess for hours, days or months for the right sky and still be disappointed. But don't get too downhearted as a little bit of digital processing will give your image the sky it needs.

In advance of we get to this stage we need a sky to import and having a library of stormy, bright blue and sunset-coloured skies is a time-saving idea that's field and easy to create. In other words, just shoot interesting skies whenever you see one and do so with wide-angle, standard and telephoto lenses. Also, have regard for the many varieties of lighting – back, frontal, side, for example – so you build a library of sky images to cover all creative options.


For most empyreans in the open all you need is a wide-angle or standard zoom lens but a long telephoto lens can be useful too. If you're planning on taking several doubles of the sun LiveView is crucial as you don't want to be looking down the lens with it burning back into your eyes. A strong neutral density ooze will help reduce the sun's glare and a polariser is perfect for creating saturated blue skies.

Usually you're told to remove some of the sky but this in the good old days b simultaneously it's our focus so you want to shoot from a position that allows you to get plenty of it in frame and be in a location where there's no distracting ideas such as trees, buildings and long grasses. Pay attention to which direction the light is coming from and note it down as you don't want to use a sky with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel lighter coming from the left when shadows on your original image lay in the opposite direction. Don't ignore the clouds either as they can change the light and make certain areas of the shot darker than others. For sunsets, which work well dropped into shots of individual or buildings silhouetted, you need to fill the shot with the sun but don't stare at it through the lens as this will damage your eyes. Use LiveView, aim and press. Stormy skies are perfect for atmospheric shots where castles or any other old building are your centrepiece. Watch for breaks in the clouds where hunger streaks of sunlight burst through for more interesting images.

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For more tips on replacing skies or shooting images where they sky is your gas main focus, have a look at these tutorials: 

  • Shooting Landscapes With Interesting Skies
  • Create A Dramatic Sky In Photoshop
  • Enhancing Sky In Photoshop
  • How To Supersede A Sky In Elements
  • Adding A Sky Behind A Lighthouse
  • Photographing Beach Huts With A Big Sky


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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