How to frame big sky photography
Here’s how to give your landscape photography the big sky treatment
Anticipate the weather
Storm fronts, showers and fair weather cumulus clouds can provide the perfect ingredients for shooting stunning landscapes under a dramatic sky, so keep an eye on the weather forecast.
To include lots of sky and add a sense of drama to your shots, fit a wide-angle lens. Compose the shot so the sky occupies around 1/2 to 2/3 of the frame and balance the picture with a strong focal point. It can be helpful to set a tripod up low to the ground to include more foreground interest.
Perfect the exposure
First take a meter reading by tilting the camera forward and excluding the sky completely. Set this reading in Manual mode. This will correctly expose the land, but the sky will be too bright. To balance the exposure, fit a 0.6 or 0.9 ND grad filter and align it so that it darkens the sky.
PAGE 1: Why big sky photography carries impact
PAGE 2: Filter the sky
PAGE 3: How to frame big sky photography
PAGE 4: How to cope with dreary skies
PAGE 5: Final tips to help you shoot better pictures of the sky