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photoda
22nd June 2011, 01:12 AM
Source/author: weatherscapes.com


There are no special techniques required to take good cloud pictures. Depending on the type of cloud, you will need either wide-angle lenses or more telephoto lenses. I recommend using a zoomlens or two, since it makes composition much easier.

Cumuliform clouds are best photographed when they are distant, because their cloud bases appear mostly uniform white or grey, while the top and sides show convective structure. If you photograph them somewhat distant, you will see more of the top and sides than when they are overhead.

Conversely, clouds such as altocumulus and cirriform clouds (cirrus, cirrostratus and cirrocumulus) are usually better photographed overhead, because these show structure better when you look up (since they are more or less stratified).


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