Something many photographers struggle with, is getting both the sky and the ground exposed correctly in the same shot.
And a common issue is the blown out overexposed sky, which can be close to impossible to fix in the post-processing.
You can of course use a soft graduated ND filter, which will bring down the hightlights in the sky.
Yet, I find filters too spacey to carry on my longer hikes. And on this particular shot I only had a short window where the lake was completely still, so I would get the reflection I wanted.
So if you use the right technique while out shooting, it is actually quite easy to fix the overexposed sky in the post-processing. Even without the use of ND filters.
Making both the sky and the ground look good.
In this article I will explain how to avoid overexposed sky by using HDR.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and will give you a much wider range of light and shadows to work on.
All modern DSLR cameras have a HDR function, and what it does is shooting minimum three photos at the same time.
One regular, one overexposed and one underexposed photo.
Merged together you will have a photo where you have total control of both shadows and highlights.
When shooting at daytime, you should also underexpose your photos around -1 EV using your metering system.
Learn more about that here.