cloudy sky with cirrus on top and cumulus below it
Photo by Donald Tong on

There is nothing that makes the sky more beautiful. Even the best sunset or sunrise will include clouds. But, when taking photos of clouds, should you have another subject with clouds? Or does a photo of just clouds win you over? Let’s take a look at the options:

  • To get a good sunset photo, should you include the land?
photo of orange cloudy sky
Photo by Daria Shevtsova on

Above, here is definitely a beautiful photo of a sunset, with just clouds. Do you like it?

green tall trees with view of mountain and sun peeking through
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Here is a photo of clouds, a sunset, with the land below. Does this help the subject of clouds or do you like the photo of just the clouds?

  • Now if you were given an assignment to photograph the sky, how would you shoot that? It is interesting when I go to Pexels to retrieve a photo for these blogs, the many different ways there are to photograph a subject. If I had an assignment to photograph the sky, would I include clouds?
Photo by Anand Dandekar on

The photo above is one of 50 that does not have any clouds. There is a bank of fog on the ocean, but, that doesn’t mean it is in the sky. This is a beautiful photo of the lighthouse. But, was the photographer taking a photo of the sky or the lighthouse? I think that this photographer would not have taken the photo if the lighthouse was not in it. So, it’s really hard to get a good photo of the sky without something else.

body of water during dawn
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This photo above is listed as a “sky” photo. And yes, the sky is probably the most beautiful part of this photo. The ocean is nice, and what land there is, separates the sky from the land. But, I think that the ideas of taking a photo of the sky, should include land to give it some dimension.

silhouette photo of a mountain
Photo by Bruno Scramgnon on

Even the smallest amount of clouds in the sky, make the sky so much more beautiful. If you have to go shooting photos, and there is no clouds, are you going to stay home? If I had planned to go shooting, and there wasn’t clouds in the sky, I would probably just change what I am going to shoot, shoot every thing on the ground.

gray rolled asphalt road under cloudy sky
Photo by Pixabay on

So next time you take photos, and there is a lot of clouds that dramatically effect your photos, thank God for sending in something to make your photos better.

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