How to Deal With Boring Skies in Landscape Photography


We often preach the importance of planning ahead in landscape photography, but the truth remains that nature does not always cooperate, and even if you expected dramatic, interesting skies, even a slight deviation from the weather forecast can leave you with dull monotony overhead. So, what can you do to avoid going home empty-handed? This helpful video tutorial will show you. 

Coming to you from Alister Benn with Expressive Photography, this excellent video tutorial discusses how to create compelling landscape images when dealing with a boring sky. One thing to notice in this video is how Benn changes his general compositional approach. He often puts the horizon at or near the top third of the frame, leaving in a bit of sky to contextualize the image and orient the viewer, but reducing its overall presence in the image to give more space to the more interesting elements in the frame. A lot of photographers default to shooting with the horizon along the bottom third, so be sure to break that habit if you find yourself with overcast skies (or even if not, just to expand your creative palette). Check out the video above for the full rundown from Benn. 



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