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Blue skies How do you get the camera to produce a landscape picture that has a pretty blue sky and a nice green background? Every time I try I can get one or the other. If the sky is blue with fluffy clouds, then the green landscape is too dark. If the landscape looks wonderful, then the sky is white and totally washed out.

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Changing the exposure settings - which are usually set to - 2/3 on my camera

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Things to consider regarding "blue skys"... Time of day (Sunlight has different color spectrum mix & kelvin temp as the dawn passes on to night. Atmospheric conditions - humidity, ozone, smoke/dust - all filter the colors White Ballance - Do a manual WB before shooting each series. Camera - different sensors are not created equal. One may play more to the blue end, another towards flesh tones. Lens systems, filters affect it too. Many say a good polorizer is one of the best investments for outdoor photos Display media - Monitors need to be color balanced to accurately portray "what you shot". Likewise, color print labs do best with digital files tuned to their specific hardware profiles.

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