If there is one thing other than social media that the gen Z is obsessed with, it is the sky. Light blistering through the glittering pockets of the clouds making enchanting sceneries as you look up is as enticing as it gets. Capturing the sky is a skill that demands patience, a perfect angle and as well as the right moment. Few moments can not be re-created and so is up with the sky, quite literally!
Here are the tips that you have to keep in mind as you capture this heavenly painting that nature only paints once in a lifetime(s).
Select your time:
The sky between the sunrise and the sunset is the best to capture in our opinion but if you are a day person and love the blueness of the same, it is completely your choice. What you have to keep in mind is sticking to the time that you choose and being persistent about capturing the best shot nature provides to you. The skies are changing and ever-evolving, hence, it is a great practice to have ample time on your hands when it comes to capturing the essence of nature’s airy beauty.
Time-Lapses are your best friend:
Why do time-lapse? We’re going for photography right? Yes absolutely! Time-lapse would be a reminder to you that if you are patient, nature would reward you with different poses of the sky and as talked prior that certain moments can not be recreated, reflecting back on those time lapses would certainly remind you of that.
Sun is your best friend, move with it:
Chase the sun, it is going to be the light of your photo’s life! This is where we explain why sunrise and sunset are the best time to capture the sky. As the sun rises and sets, it turns into an orange-reddish bliss that forms breathtaking pictures as the sky covers the sun and works in your favour to get you some best shots. While the location matters equally, there is something about sunrises and sunsets specifically that forms the pictures which are greater than life, and light ;).
Take the manual control and go RAW:
RAW over JPEG when capturing the sky is a necessity and we would not hear anything otherwise. Why? Because raw captures greater details, and colours and provides greater flexibility to edit. What else do you need? A manual shutter speed, a manual ISO, and trusting your photography instincts as you take the shot. The exposure can single-handedly make or ruin the picture because of the effect it would have. Keep it manual and ensure be in greater control of the camera than you are being controlled by the camera.
Capturing the sky is one of the dynamic experiences that would teach you patience, and perseverance as the end result brews up to be one of the best. As you practise your skills in photography you would learn how to be in control of the limited resources that you have in control and for the major part, it is natural that you would depend on them. Perhaps sky photography is no less than a philosophical observation of life if you think about it.