To repair “gray skies” in pictures – Here in Rochester, New York we joke about how often our pictures include gray skies. It’s usually easy to replace a sky using Photoshop, but the trick is making the image look like it was shot that way, and that means choosing a sky with lighting that’s similar to that of our problem image. Because of that, it’s important to have a collection of sky pictures with as many different kinds of lighting to pick from as possible. The shots above are just a few of over a hundred in my collection. Also for you DSLR purists, don’t rule out getting shots with your smart phone cameras for this job. Consider what the shot will be replacing: In most cases, a little softness will do the job nicely.
For website or photo backgrounds – Website pages often have background images, and those images can be created from images that you take yourself. Even if you’re not a website person, consider shooting backgrounds for photos as well. What’s more, don’t limit your search to just skies: What about tree bark? Stone surfaces? Barn wood? If you think about it, the list is practically endless.
To improve our vision – Wildlife photographers spot wildlife while driving on country roads. Wedding photographers see great settings for group shots while sitting in a restaurant. Why not make shooting backgrounds a priority in your life and begin to see more of your world each day, rather than less of it?