Expose for the Sky

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  1. NateS

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    This is the reason I expose for the sky. The first picture is as taken. Hugely underexposed foreground and the sky exposed fairly well.

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    Second photo is with

    D-lighting
    Better quality
    Shadows - 70
    Highlights - 1
    Color Boost - 60

    1 color control point on the sky
    Size - 30%
    Saturation - 60
    Brightness - (-70)

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    If I had exposed for the trees the sky would have been solid white (I took a few like this). Even when adjusting in Capture NX, the fixing the sky when it is completely washed out looks horrible. Exposing for the sky and using D lighting to bring out underexposed sections really makes the photo pop I think. Some may argue that the sky is too dark in the second, but I like the stormy feel it gives.
     
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    Good example. I use cs2 for all my adjustments though. Capture NX has been too clunky and awkward for me. I do use it for converting my d300 RAW to TIFF. I'll get rid of it entirely when I upgrade to cs3.

    Anyway, I agree, there's so much more information available to process exposing to the sky.
     
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    A polarizer would make for a lot less work in post.
     
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    I have to admit that while this may work in theory, I really don't like the look of the colours in the second photo. It seems to look fake, with really odd colours. D lighting in software does this to the pictures, which is why I never use it.
     
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    Or a ND grad.
     
  6. NateS

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    Graduated ND is what I need, but this tool works well until then.

    If you don't like the looks of the colors, it can easily be adjusted with the Color Boost portion of the D-lighting settings. Decreasing that back to about 30 give a more natural feel. I however perfer the looks of the trees in my second photo which is why I went that route. My point is that D-lighting can be used in this method come out looking more "real" if you choose.
     
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    You do very well with what you have and the way you do it.
     
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    Thanks abraxas. That means a lot from someone who produces your superb caliber of photos.
     

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