You may have figured this out already, but I love post processing. I love spending time in my digital darkroom with the music blasting in my headphones and then getting all sorts of creative. I think of it a bit like painting, just on the computer and with pictures.
I get asked all the time how I overlay skies, so I thought I would share a couple tips with you on how I photoshop a sky as well as offer a couple video tutorials below to further help you achieve a strong image with a sky overlay.
When overlaying a sky to an image, be sure to watch how the light falls in the image and then choose a sky that compliments the lighting. A daytime image will probably need blue skies rather than an evening sky depending on the direction of the sun. A cloudy, overcast day gives a little more flexibility as you can overlay a blue sky, an evening sky, or a cloudy overlay and it usually looks great. (Just be sure to match up the light and shadows)
Tip #1 Choose a sky that compliments the lighting.
While I will be the first to admit that I LOVE overlaying skies to my images, sometimes they aren't needed. Take this image below as an example. The sky is blown but my eyes are drawn to the subjects. I think that adding a sky here would distract from them rather than adding to the image.
Always ask yourself if adding a sky will improve the image. Will it add to the image to make it stronger?
Here's another image that had a bit of the sky already just straight out of camera. I didn't want to add anything to it as I felt the image was strong enough on it's own.
And lastly, it does take some practice so I recommend having some fun with it and pull some images out and give it a go. Check out the videos below to see how I apply them in photoshop.
Practice, practice, practice!
Here's a short video tutorial as well on applying actions.
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