How to Deal With Boring Clear Skies in Landscape Photography

While clear blue skies are often desirable simply for the nice weather they bring, when it comes to landscape photography, they are rather boring and can make it hard to create compelling images. It is not impossible, however; it just takes a bit of adjustment to your technique and creative approach. This fantastic video tutorial will show you some helpful tips for taking great landscape photos even when the sky is totally clear. 

Coming to you from Michael Shainblum, this excellent video tutorial will show you some terrific advice for landscape photography when the sky is clear and boring. Of course, the sky is normally a huge part of most landscape compositions, but when it is mostly a monotonous swath of blue, it does not add much to the composition and can throw the entire thing off balance, especially when the lower parts of the frame are busy. Luckily, you can still make eye-catching images in those conditions; it just takes a few changes to your approach. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Shainblum.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi." 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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It is really very easy to screw up adding an "interesting " sky to an otherwise appealing landscape

And mathing your replacement to the ground pic means you have to understand every nuance of the subject or you're looking as phony as ted cruz