How to Fix the Sky

Discussion in 'Critique Forum Archives' started by chrisburke, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. chrisburke

    chrisburke TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 25, 2007
    Messages:
    2,107
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Madoc, Ontario Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    the following image was taken at a golf tournament from Tuesday. I've done some slight color alteration to the ground to make it stick out, but I'm wondering about the sky. The weather was so bad that the sky just looks white, and it blends in with his hat, making it kind of fake looking when you look at its outline around the man putting.

    what could i have done/can i do, to give the sky some deffination.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. DigitalDiva

    DigitalDiva TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2007
    Messages:
    309
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    The Netherlands
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    When you made the colour adjustment, what did you do exactly? You could do an average exposure metering between your sky and your subject to get a better exposure of the overall photo. Your sky is completely blown out and without any data there, you can try to adjust it via curves but it's not going to look great.
     
  3. Meysha

    Meysha still being picky Vicky

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2005
    Messages:
    4,152
    Likes Received:
    58
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Basically you've exceeded the lattitude of the film/digital sensor. It can only cope with a certain difference between shadows and highlights. ie: your sky is way too bright compared to the foreground.

    To fix it, you could try to do an HDR version of the photo - expose for the sky (underexpose foreground) and then expose for the foreground (over expose sky like above) then you combine the two photos.

    Or you could just get the guy to wear a different coloured hat. It doesn't really look unnatural to me in your photo - but his hat does blend which is a shame.
     
  4. EOS_JD

    EOS_JD TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2007
    Messages:
    1,698
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    With so little detail in the sky it should be pretty easy to add a sky in from another image with a nice blue sky in it. the magic wand should give a nice selection and you can paste in the new sky and mask around the white hat to show your foreground in full against the sky......
     
  5. skieur

    skieur TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 14, 2007
    Messages:
    5,076
    Likes Received:
    202
    Location:
    Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    For speed, I generally use a software graduated blue filter that I use as a plug-in for Photoshop. It is also possible to easily create one in Photoshop and layer it in using the opacity control.

    skieur
     

Share This Page