Nice, bright skies, with lots of puffy clouds meandering about, would seem to be a photographer’s dream.
But, in fact, shooting on a bright, overcast day can make managing your image exposure tough. In these kinds of situation, the sky can be so bright that the contrast in the scene bumps against the edges of your camera’s dynamic range. In other words, your camera isn’t capable of the exposure range needed to properly render both the bright sky and the darker foreground. You can’t get the foreground of your image properly exposed without over exposing the sky. And vice versa. You can’t get proper exposure of the bright sky without severely underexposing the image foreground.
There is an answer to this conundrum and that’s to use a graduated filter to darken the sky and reduce the contrast of the scene so that it’s within your camera’s dynamic range. But what if you don’t have a graduated filter on hand? The good news is that you can also apply a graduated filter in Lightroom, fixing an overblown sky in post production.
It’s surprising easy to do if you know one little trick.
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Over the past ten posts, we talked a lot about the components of exposure and how important they are in controlling the look and feel of your images.
Below is a list of links to those posts, just in case you’ve missed any: