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12 photo editing tutorials for replacing dull skies

We’ve all been that fortunate situation where almost every element of a photograph comes together; the composition, the landscape, the lighting, the subject.

But there’s just one thing holding the picture back; the sky. And unfortunately it’s completely out of your control. Or is it?

If you have a photograph that’s let down by a flat, boring or dull sky, it is within your control to replace it with skies that are more sympathetic to the rest of your image, creating a more eye-popping shot.

The below tutorials will ensure that you have the ability to make the dull skies that plague your photography a thing of the past

Graffi’s Note:  My tutorials for replacing the sky can be found here and here!

1. Replacing skies for beginners

For those who have Photoshop CS4 or CS5, this five minute video tutorial is your step-by-step guide to replacing a burnt-out sky that lacks detail.

2. How to replace a so-so sky with a standout sky

12 photo editing tutorials for replacing dull skies: 02. How to replace a so-so sky with a standout sky

David Peterson is a man who understands how disheartening it can be to have an otherwise good landscape shot let down by a sky that has no punch. In this tutorial he shows you how it can be replaced with a more interesting sky in Photoshop Elements.

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12 photo editing tutorials for replacing dull skies: 03. Photoshop CS6 replacing skies

3. Photoshop CS6 replacing skies

This official Adobe tutorial presented by Richard Harrington details how to replace blown out skies with an alternate backdrop. In order to make it look realistic, Richard also demonstrates how to apply colour spill to bring out details and ensure that the composite matches.

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10 Things Successful Photographers Do Before They Press the Shutter

Are you an aspiring pro photographer? Have you ever wondered how to shoot like a pro? Don’t worry; you are in the right place.

Anyone today can qualify as a photographer, provided they have a smartphone or any other device with a good camera. However, it takes more than owning a camera to become a real photographer. There are a lot of factors that come into play for a person to be transformed from a hobbyist photographer to a successful photographer (getting the right equipment, training/education, etc.).

smartphone photography

This article will not focus on the practical aspect of becoming a successful photographer. Instead, we will attempt to get into the heads of successful photographers and try to find out how they think.

If you are interested in discovering what goes through the minds of successful photographers before they press the shutter, you are in the right place. Below are ten thought processes that have been proven to be the essence of successful professional photography.

8 reasons your photos still look like snapshots

8 reasons your photos still look like snapshots: 01. You’re not paying enough attention to the light

Photography can be a frustrating business when you’re a beginner. If you spend long enough browsing online photo sharing websites like 500px or Flickr, you may be both inspired and infuriated in equal measure. How do other photographers get their pictures to look so good? Why do my photos look like snaps while everyone else’s look like works of art? What camera trickery do they know that I don’t?

The good news is that you’re not alone: no photographer started creating magic the minute they picked up a camera. It can take months or years of work until you’re completely happy with the pictures you take. But there are some steps you can take today to stop your photos looking like snapshots. In their latest guest blog post the team at Photoventure offer some suggestions…

Fill the Frame in Your Photography Composition

As a young photographer, I was often disappointed by my photos. There was no instant feedback as with digital images. And, as I began to learn digital photography, I realized that so many of my images had small subjects—disappointingly so. Cropping in post production with Photoshop didn’t help. What I needed to do was fill the frame.

filling the frame in photography composition

By filling the frame you add instant impact to the image. You exclude unnecessary clutter and bring a dynamic element to the photo. There is an incorrect assumption that you have to have every part of a subject or object for the image to be complete—not so. There is no reason why you can’t chop off parts of the subject when getting in really close. When shooting a person, get in really close and shoot just part of the model’s face. This gives a dramatic effect.

So why should we fill the frame? What are the benefits to doing this?

Practical Photography Tips for Beginners

Is photography getting you down? Did you stretch your budget to buy the best camera you could, then realize you were in over your head? One look at that inch-thick manual, and many new photographers just switch their camera to ‘auto’ and that’s where it stays.

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Does this sound like you? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Camera manuals reflect the technical power of modern cameras, but they are intimidating to any beginner who just wants to take a decent photo.

When to Use Levels or Curves in Photoshop

Many Photoshop users learn to use the Levels dialog and then never progress to learning how to use the Curves. Let me give you several reasons why learning to use the Curves will make you more of an expert with Adobe Photoshop.

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What is the difference between Levels and Curves?

Tips for Maintaining Creativity as a Photographer

As photographers it is pretty much in our job description to produce creative and inspiring work. If your income is based around photography then you know creativity sells. However, there’s always a point in time when creativity is low—writers call it ‘writer’s block’.

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So how do we combat this unwelcome phenomenon? Luckily there are a few tips to help you keep your work fresh and creative—and here they are provided in a nifty list format!

1. Surround yourself with creativity

You may or may not know that you’re not the only artist out there. In fact, the Internet is home to millions of artists. Spend an hour or two browsing the web to find all sorts of wonderful photography to draw inspiration from. Don’t just look at photographs, read about them and their creators. Learning about yesterday’s greatest photographers may just turn you into tomorrow’s greatest. And don’t just limit yourself to photography…

2. Art provides infinite inspiration

Photography isn’t the only thing you will find inspiring. Paintings, architecture, and even sculptures can have a similar effect. Don’t just limit yourself to visual work for finding creativity. Music and writing are just as inspiring; in fact music may be the most helpful tool I turn to when looking for inspiration. Again it is important to not only experience these works but to learn about them as well. Expanding your knowledge is key to increasing creativity.

Tips & Hints to Develop Your Photography Skill

Many people are interested in photography but are unsure if they have the skills to become good at it. It is important to keep in mind that it is especially helpful to learn anything and everything possible about setting up your shot. This article will give you a few tips and hints to improve your photography skills.

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  • Understand that smiling photographs aren’t the only kind of pictures. Real stories are told when people are allowed to express themselves authentically. The most memorable photographs in history are those that tell stories and convey emotions, such as “Migrant Mother” or “Vietnam Napalm.” No matter if your pictures change someone’s life or are simply an everyday happening, the emotions should be nothing less than real.

Stop Making These 5 Common Photography Mistakes

It never ceases to amaze me the number of fuzzy, low resolution, badly exposed and poorly composed photographs that people take. Whether they’ve all been brainwashed to click that button as fast as possible or are just finding the reality that few subjects sit still, too many people forget that the camera is a tool for them to capture their life’s moments. This article explores five mistakes that every photographer can avoid.


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1. Low resolution

5 Steps to Better Smartphone Photography

There is photography, there is videography, and now there is iPhoneOGRAPHY! Compared to DSLRs, iPhones are less bulky and more convenient to carry around. We always carry our phones around nowadays. Be it iPhone, Android, or Samsung, most phones now have a good quality camera for us to play around with. Now, you can forget about your bulky, inconvenient camera gear and maybe even complex photo editing software. Who says iPhones cannot shoot unique photographs?

iphone photography

Today, I am going to give you a few tips on iPhoneography.

1. Keep your photos simple

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci