Long exposure cloud movement: how to give a sharp sky a slow shutter effect

Long exposure cloud movement: how to give sharp skies a slow shutter speed effect

How to create a long exposure cloud movement effect: steps 7-9

How to create a long exposure cloud movement effect: step 7

7 Improve the composition
Once you’ve blurred the clouds, the sky will become the most interesting part of the scene, so use the Crop tool to remove some of the unwanted foreground at the bottom of the frame. This small change enables the sky to dominate the landscape.

 

How to create a long exposure cloud movement effect: step 8

8 Sharpen the image
Click the Detail tab, and zoom in to view the image at 100% so that you can see how sharp areas really are. Drag the Sharpening Amount slider to 64, and set Radius to 1.5. This gives the texture in the image more bite without the effect looking artificial.

 

How to create a long exposure cloud movement effect: step 9

9 Switch to Elements
Now that you’ve done all you can to improve the landscape’s colour, tone, composition and sharpness, click Open Image. This takes the shot into the standard Elements editor, where you can access more creative image-editing tools.

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