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Photoshop Tutorial: How to Use The Sky in Architectural Photography

Learn the techniques of photographic postproduction to use the exposure of the sky to complement your photography with Daniel Garay Arango

The sky is one of the key elements of architectural photography. Unlike the human eye, the camera's sensor is usually incapable of capturing all the nuances of the sky, and on many occasions we will have to resort to programs like Adobe Photoshop to get everything we want out of it.

In the following tutorial, Daniel Garay Arango (@danielgarayarango), a photographer specialized in black and white architectural images, explains step by step how to edit the sky in your photographs to obtain professional and spectacular results. Find out more in the video below:

Photographing the sky

First of all, Garay suggests using a neutral density filter, attached to our camera, to get a complete sweep of the sky when we photograph it. But, of course, there will be occasions when we do not have filters and we find ourselves with complicated light situations for the building we want to photograph, having to overexpose the sky at the expense of getting more detail in the object of our photography.

Garay often resorts to tension lines, generated by the clouds, to make his photographs more dramatic. As this does not always present itself naturally in reality, the photographer takes advantage of Adobe Photoshop tools to achieve this.

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