How to Deal With Boring Clear Skies in Landscape Photography

While clear blue skies are happy times for many people, for landscape photographers, they can be a source of significant frustration. That swath of monotonous blue can remove a large chunk of visual interest from a scene and make it difficult to create compelling images. Before you pack up your gear and head back to the car, though, check out this great video tutorial that will show you some helpful tips and techniques for dealing with those boring skies and still coming home with effective photos. 

Coming to you from Christian Irmler - Landscape Photography, this excellent video tutorial will show you some useful methods for dealing with clear skies in landscape photography. By far, one of the simplest ways to do this is to just point the camera down a bit. If normally, you create compositions with the sky taking up the upper half or even upper two-thirds of the frame, look for shots where it only occupies the upper third or so, allowing you to diminish its presence and the impact it has on the final shot. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Irmler.

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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On days when the sky is boring but flight conditions are right, I fly my drone in the late afternoon with the camera pointed straight-down.