OK. Above is the final version. The finished thing. Looks good to me. I am going to send to the client and see what he thinks - it is always good to get an independent view on your work!
Next is the sky replacement output file. This is what I got immediately after replacing the sky, and it didn't look quite right to me.
I have carried out some global and local adjustments to this file in Lghtroom, to try to balance out the variances from the two files that have been mreged.
The next file is the original image that I edited for the client.
And finally the RAW file. Unedited, straight out of camera.
Obviously all this work can be avoided by booking good weather in the first place! Time to shoot real estate in California! But for now I will stick to my images of Dorset.
I have not used this technique on my commercial work to date, but am finding as I get more and more architectural photography work in Dorset and surrounding areas that the need is increasing.
Some clients don't want this. Some don't really care. And some just want the best representation of the building they are interested in for whatever reason, and are not interested in how the shot was achieved, as long as it is realistic of course.
So where do I go with this new skill - another thing I can offer clients that will benefit them in the images they receive, which is what it is all about when you are working in commercial photography.
Two specific things I need to do.
1 - Practise.
2 - Photograph lots more skies.
Yep - I am going to be the bloke photographing clouds, no clouds etc etc to build up a catalogue of skies. It is hardly surprising that my family find my photography catalogue boring sometimes!
The trick is to have a range of skies, with the light in a variety of directions. Oh yes and also taken with the same focal length as the image you are adding the sky to. This will help make things real. So I will just use 17mm.
So practise on the right images and having a collection of skies it is for me. I will update my progress with this essential technique as and when time permits.
This is another example of how I am constantly pushing myself to experiment and improve, to become a better photographer.
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