Sky Photography: how to take pictures of the sky that dramatically fill your frame

Sky Photography: how to take pictures of the sky that dramatically fill your frame

Final tips to help you shoot better pictures of the sky

Take care when using a polariser
When using a polarising filter with an extreme wide-angle lens, the overall effect can sometimes look odd, with some parts of the sky much darker than others. Avoid shooting at the widest angles to reduce the polarisation.

Buying an ND grad
There are several makes of ND grad filters to choose from, but you normally get what you pay for. A 0.6 ND grad is perhaps the most useful, but a 0.9 ND grad is worth having too if you are splashing out. They can also be bought as a set.

Coping with difficult lighting conditions
Using an ND grad filter to control the exposure is not always practical. Instead, you can try shooting two or more frames from exactly the same position, exposing for different parts of the picture, and then combining them in Photoshop for the best results.

Check your histogram
Sky photography often has extremes of light and dark areas, so it’s important to check the histogram regularly to make sure there are no blown highlights or blocked shadows. You can adjust the exposure if necessary or fit an ND grad filter if you prefer.

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

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