Landscape Photography Mistake No. 7: Sky washed out or the land underexposed
One of the problems with shooting a landscape is that the sky is often significantly brighter than the land beneath it and many cameras are only capable of recording detail in one of them in a single image.
In many cases this can result in the land looking correctly exposed, but the sky being washed out and uninteresting.
Alternatively, the sky may look great, but the foreground is underexposed and gloomy.
The traditional way of resolving this problem is to use a graduated neutral density (ND) filter on the lens with the dark part of the filter positioned over the sky.
This evens out the exposure difference between the land and sky enabling detail to be recorded in both in a single shot.
Digital photography has provided an alternative means of correcting this problem.
At its simplest this involves shooting two images with different exposures and then combining the sky from one shot with the land from the other.
In addition, some photographers employed HDR techniques to merge several images taken at different exposures.
For example of an HDR image: Click here!