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How To Take Good Photos

Buildings: Clouds

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  • White, fluffy clouds are one of the best accompaniments to photographs of buildings, as seen in this shot from Manchester.
  • Wait for the clouds to partially, but not fully, obscure the sun for lighting that is neither too harsh, nor too flat.
  • Use a polarizing filter suitable for your camera to deepen the blues of the sky at an angle from the sun.
  • Try a contre-jour ('against the day') shot by pointing at the sun. Wait for a cloud to move until the sun just peeps past the clouds, giving a burst of light. Do not look directly at the sun with unprotected eyes - use the camera's LCD screen.

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