How to Prevent Blown-Out Skies

Ready for more digital photography lessons? Let’s look at how to fix blown-out skies. It happens all the time. You try to take a picture and everything in it is properly exposed except the sky. Here are some tips to help you avoid getting white skies in your pictures.

The sensor on the camera can’t see the same range of light as the human eye. That’s why when you expose your photo for darker objects in a picture the sky is often overexposed. You don’t have to have white skies in all of your pictures though. Here are some ways to prevent overexposed skies.

There are several solutions you can use to solve this problem. Every situation is different, so you’ll have to find the solution that will work best for your situation.

If you’re taking pictures of people who are relatively near your camera you can use a fill flash. You should expose your picture for capturing the sky. Using a fill flash on your subject will lighten your subject up a bit to compensate for being a bit underexposed because you’ve set your camera to capture the sky.

One of the simplest ways to deal with this issue is to use a polarizing filter. These filters help get the details of the sky without underexposing the rest of the picture.

Another option to help you get the beautiful skies that you want in your picture is taking more than one picture of the subject and layering them on top of each other in your photo editing software. The easiest way to do this is by using exposure bracketing. You should take a picture that exposes the sky properly and another that exposes the subject properly. Then you can use layer masking in Photoshop to combine the two pictures.