Overly bright skies can hide details in brighter tones, which makes the image appear more flat or dull than it actually is. Details hidden in the brighter tones are lost to overexposure. Cameras tend to capture brighter skies when exposing for the subject outside, so it is very common for photos to have them.
Adjustments to recover lost detail in a bright sky are simple to execute. The workflow requires additional steps when the sky is the only overexposed area in the photo. We put together this video to demonstrate techniques for enhancing detail in skies, including balancing adjustments between the sky and foreground.
We demonstrate how to order the adjustments you make, monitor image tones with the Histogram, and retain detail in bright clouds by balancing Whites and Highlights. Additionally, we’ll show you how to separate enhancements to only affect the foreground or the background.