Trouble with Clouds

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  1. Augphoto

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    I seem to have a lot of trouble with cloud pics.
    Any ideas, anyone?
     
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    What's wrong with the photo?
     
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    If you are talking about the overexposer of the clouds, what I do is expose a shot for the brightest part of the cloud and and expose one for the ground (and usually one in the middle). I don't do this often because I can usually edit the ground enough to get it bright enough to see detail, but if I couldn't I would use photoshot to clone stamp the shot with the ground exposed correctly into the shot with the clouds exposed correctly. This is a nice shot by the way. I might have shot with one or two shutter speeds faster you should still be able to lighten up the ground enough to see it well.
     
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    So, you take three shots and combine them?
     
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    Not usually... sometimes I do, but most of the time I just bump up the levels in the ground. In this shot I believe I would have taken just one picture and bump up the levels because the ground is rather light, but like in this picture:
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    I probably SHOULD have taken one exposed for the ground.
     
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    By bumping up the exposure of the ground you'll induce a lot of noise from shadow areas. Best to merge a couple of images, one exposed for the ground and one for the sky.
     
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    Alternatively, if the sky is too bright, you can use a neutral density graduated (ND grad) filter to balance the exposures of the foreground and sky.
     
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    ND grad would be fist thing to do..... I don't have one so if needed that's why I take a couple of exposures. Grads for 77mm lenses are bloody expensive!
     
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    I don't currently own a ND grad filter but, am considering purchasing one. As far as adjusting levels - I am totally new at photo editing but, am anxious to learn.

    Also, I love your cloud pic, BoblyBill. The lighting is awesome!
     

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