It’s always surprising how a dull image can be easily changed and salvaged with a handy collection of sky photographs. I have quite a bunch of nature photos I’d like to share here in GDFR. To start it off, here is the first set of 30 photos of skies, clouds and sunsets, free for all GDFR readers. These are all 300 dpi, 3072 by 2048 pixel size high-resolution photos.
As usual, I don’t just post away freebies without sharing some relative tips and know-how. And for this particular post, here are five top sky and sunset photo shooting tips should you decide to go out and shoot your own skyscapes.
- Don’t forget to turn your back on the sun. The glorious light that is filling the sky has a great effect on the landscape behind you, too. Be sure to turn around and look.
- Be a storm chaser! The best sunrises and sunsets follow rain and thunderstorms, so take a chance and drive to the beach at the end of a stormy day. You may just get lucky.
- Don’t automatically put the sun itself in the center of the frame; very often you can enhance the image design by putting it to the extreme left or right, or high or low in the frame
- Mix up your shots with verticals and horizontals.
- Be sure to wait for the “afterglow” that comes after the sun has slipped below the horizon. So often I see other photographers packing up before the real show has begun.
On to our entree. Here are the first 30 photos of skies, clouds and sunsets. Download all you can and enjoy!
Speaking of outdoor photography and shooting skyscapes, I’m reminded of the latest Canon EOS 1D Mark III which was in my Christmas wish list last year and looks like it’s going to make it again this year and hopefully it’ll be granted this time. I fell in love with it after using one from a friend and bowed to have one at all cost. The Canon EOS 1D MarkIII is an incredible camera and is particularly dynamic when shooting sports, high action images and outdoor landscapes; the focusing aspects are tack sharp, even when using the incredible 10fps burst. The design is amazing, enabling one to shoot vertically with another set of controls conveniently located. This is the ultimate high action, sports and outdoor camera while being great for all other aspects of photography.
Whew! That’s it for part 1. More to come next time. I’ll try to come up sometime with a Photoshop tutorial on how to digitally change or edit skies on you photos.