Making Photos vs Taking Photos: Sky Replacement and Removing Unwanted Elements
Architects and interior designers want project photography executed under ideal conditions. That’s why renderings are widely used to illustrate future and existing work because they show projects in excellent weather in perfect surroundings. The real World doesn’t work that way, however. Weather is a wild card sometimes wildly deviating from forecasts. Utility companies, building occupants, traffic, and neighbors can unwittingly impact the way a project looks. Architectural projects demand top quality photos.
Minnesota architecture is always a challenge because of unpredictable weather and skies. Smoke from forest fires in the West created a soft haze in the skies over Minnesota for more than 2 weeks. Skies that normally would be a rich blue interspersed with cirrus clouds were obscured by a gray blanket of haze. The challenge: augment the existing scene by changing the tone of the image to add contrast and make it more appealing.
I use a special application that allows me add skies from stock images. The process involves carefully blending the edges, tone, and color with the building structure in the lower half of the frame.
The leaning weather wood utility pole is an ugly distraction on the left side of the image. Using advanced Photoshop techniques such as the Content Aware tool, Copy, Paste, and Transform functions, and the Masking Tool enabled me to delete this element and clean up that side of the image.
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