Quick tips for replacing the sky in your outdoors shots


posted Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 6:30 AM EDT


How many times have you gone to a beautiful location, perhaps even on a special and expensive landscape photography trip, only to be disappointed by a boring sky? It's incredibly frustrating when you plan ahead, spend time and money and then the conditions don't cooperate. However, through the use of sky replacement, perhaps boring conditions at the time of capture don't have to ruin your final landscape images.

In the video below, Blake Rudis of f64 Academy shares his final tips for how to replace your boring skies with exciting and dramatic skies in minutes by using Photoshop. If you have any qualms about replacing skies in your images, Rudis says that so long as you present your works as art and do a good job with your sky replacement, what's so wrong about the technique? After all, they're your images.

There are times when you are shooting a specific scene and the light is really nice, but the sky is just better somewhere else around you. An easy way to ensure that a sky will match the overall color and tone of your image is to capture the same sky as your original shot from a different angle. This is what Rudis does in his latest tutorial. To see how he turns his shot from drab to fab, check it out below.

(Via f64 Academy