Video: How to deal with boring skies in landscape photography
For landscape photographers, there's nothing quite as frustrating as a clear, blue sky. It can be a distraction, kill visual interest and in some cases, totally break a scene.
So what should you do when confronted by the monotonous blue at your favourite location? Well, this useful video tutorial may be just the ticket.
Coming to you from Christian Irmler - Landscape Photography, this excellent video tutorial shares useful methods for dealing with clear skies in landscape photography, including the obvious (excluding the sky entirely) and the creative (using haze, anchoring your subject with the sky, and even manipulating the colour temperature of the sky).
One key takeaway is that even with clear skies, the quality of light will still vary - so blue hour and golden hour can be especially impressive if they occur at the same time as a clear sky.
It can be useful to look at what the light is doing in the scene and then consider the best ways to emphasise it - regardless of what the sky is doing.
You can see more of Chritstian Irmler's landscape videos on YouTube.