Shoot Faces of the Sky

Alpha Tutorial :14 - Shoot Faces of the Sky

The sky shows us various faces every day. In this chapter, you will learn how to finish up your sky photograph as an "artwork" based on your own image. First, set the camera to the P-mode, and then add your intention.

Adjusting the colour to reproduce it as you choose

First, adjust the colour according to your preference with white balance. The effects of white balance differ depending on the time or weather when shooting. Try each setting to find your favourite colour.

The following are the photographs of a morning sky shot with 3 different white balance settings.

Adjusting the colour to reproduce it as you choose

While the photograph close to the actual image is the one shot with [Daylight], setting to [Shade] enhances a warm image of the sunlight. On the other hand, setting to [Incandescent] adds a strong blue cast, and creates a fantasy-like atmosphere.

Enhancing image depth

In addition to colour adjustment, contrast and brightness make a great difference to the atmosphere of the photograph. Contrast can be adjusted with Creative Style.

For example, like the photograph [1] below, if you want to enhance depth and instability of the sky by clear rendering of clouds, [Landscape] is recommended. This setting enhances contrast and depth in the photograph. On the other hand, if you want to render a winter sky with a tranquil look as in the photograph [2], it is recommended to set to [Standard] and lower the values of "Saturation" and "Contrast" from the option settings.

Enhancing image depth

Last of all, try changing the brightness. The brightness can be adjusted with exposure compensation.

In the example below, the exposure was adjusted to the - side to render the colour more clearly and enhance the contrast. As the appropriate level of exposure compensation is different depending on the conditions of the sky and personal preference, take several shots with different levels.

The brightness can be adjusted with exposure compensation.

Adjusting the exposure to the - side deepened the colour of the sky and added enhanced depth to the finished photograph. Conversely, adjusting to the + side is effective if you want a softer finish with lower contrast.

Utilise these 3 functions, white balance, Creative Style and exposure, to finish your work as you choose.

Recommended Lenses:

The SAL1118 fits squarely in the
SAL1118

The SAL1118 fits squarely in the "wide zoom" category, offering focal lengths that are indispensable for landscape photography.

Super wide angle zoom from 10 mm to 18 mm (15 mm to 27 mm in 35 mm full-frame format) with a constant F4 maximum aperture is ideal for expansive landscapes.
SEL1018

Super wide angle zoom from 10 mm to 18 mm (15 mm to 27 mm in 35 mm full-frame format) with a constant F4 maximum aperture is ideal for expansive landscapes.