TAKE PICTURES OF LANDSCAPES? MAKE THEM BETTER WITH “CLOUDS”

Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography – SmartPhone – SmartPhotographer

ANOTHER ONE OF THE AMAZING THINGS THAT COULD HELP YOU TO BE “DIFFERENT” THAN ALL THE OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT TAKE LANDSCAPE PHOTOS, IS TO BE A “SKY” PHOTOGRAPHER. SO MANY TIMES WE FOCUS ON THE LANDSCAPE OF THE LAND IN FRONT OF US, WHEN WE COULD SERIOUSLY LOOK AT THE SKY AND BE MESMERIZED BY THE BEAUTY ABOVE US. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE SEEN PHOTOS OF CLOUDS, OR EVEN APPROACHING STORMS, AND WISHED YOU HAD CAUGHT THAT PHOTO? YOU CAN, AND TRY TO BE THE ONE TO BE A “SKY” SCRAPE PHOTOGRAPHER.

brown field and blue sky
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It’s a common habit among photographers to always make a point to carry a camera around for those “just in case” moments. Many great photographs were captured this way and the image above is no exception.

The photographer above first looked at the sky, and loved the clouds. Now, he just had to add them to a great landscape photo.

COULD YOU SEE A PHOTO LIKE THAT BELOW, HANGING IN YOUR HOME? EXACTLY. THE COLORS AND THE BEAUTY OF A PHOTO LIKE THAT WOULD BE ONE THAT WILL BE TALKED ABOUT FOR A LONG TIME. AND THAT IS WHAT YOU CALL “ART”.

person sitting on mountain cliff
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THE RULE WITH TAKING PICTURES OF THE SKY, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE CLOUD IS THE MAIN SUBJECT IS TO MAKE SURE THE SKY HAS NO CLUTTER OR OBJECTS IN THE FOREGROUND TO DISTRACT FROM THE CLOUDS. LIKE AN APPROACHING STORM CLOUD, MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING IN FRONT OF THE CLOUD THAT WOULD DISTRACT THE VIEWER FROM THE CLOUD. THE SUBJECT IS THE CLOUD, AND THAT IS HOW IT SHOULD BE.

snow sea dawn landscape
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OF COURSE, EVERYONE TAKES PICTURES OF SUNSETS.  THIS IS SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE TAKES PICTURES OF.  BUT, THERE IS SPECIAL WAYS TO DO SUNSETS.  SOMETIMES LOOKING AT SUNSET PHOTOS CAN BE BORING.  BUT, WHAT MAKES SUNSET PHOTOS MORE DRAMATIC THAN EVER IS IF YOU CAN GET TWO THINGS TO HAPPEN.  THIS PHOTO HAPPENS TO HAVE BOTH, AND THAT IS RARE, BUT, IF YOU CAN HAVE AT LEAST 1 COMPONENT, YOU MAY HAVE A REAL KEEPER.  AND THAT IS 1-  DRAMATIC CLOUDS TO YOUR SUNSET.  AND 2- SOMETHING IN THE FOREGROUND THAT WILL MAKE IT HAVE DEPTH.  IN THE PHOTO BELOW, THERE IS ONE MORE THING THAT MAKES THIS UNIQUE, AND THAT IS THAT WE HAVE THE “TWILIGHT COLORS” AS WELL IN THIS PHOTO.  THAT IS WHEN YOU GET THE “BLUES’  AND THE PURPLES OF THE SKY, WHICH USUALLY HAPPENS AFTER THE SUN GOES DOWN.  THIS PHOTO JUST HAPPENS TO HAVE IT ALL…… AND NOTHING WAS ENHANCED OR RETOUCHED ON THIS. 

IF YOU DECIDE TO MAKE THE SKY ONE OF YOUR MAIN POINTS OF YOUR PORTFOLIO, THEN YOU MUST LEARN TO BE PATIENT.  WHEN TAKING PICTURES OF SUNSETS, YOU MAY TAKE MORE THAN 10 PHOTOS OF THE SUNSET AS IT PROGRESSES THROUGH IT’S CONCLUSION.  BUT ONE OF THOSE PHOTOS COULD BE THE MOST COLORFUL, MOST INCREDIBLE PHOTO YOU HAVE EVER TAKEN.  PATIENCE IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST THINGS YOU WILL EVER LEARN TO BECOMING A GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER, EVEN IN TAKING PICTURES OF THE SKY.

Photo by Joel Olives; ISO 100, f/13.0.
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Article written by : Lanny Cottrell, Editor of “SMartPhone – Smart Photographer

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I have been a photographer for many years. Worked in retail selling cameras and accessories for over 20 years. Taught many photo classes, and have even been a judge in several county fairs. Now, I want to share photo instructions and entertainment with all other photographers around the world.

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