If the skies in your photos look bland because the clouds are washed out, adjust the exposure and highlights in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to give them a boost.

Book open on a table. Left side is a black page with text “Portugal” in white. Right side is pier, ocean, and clouds.

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Start with a sky photo where the cloud details are hidden.

Ocean photo featuring light blue sky with wispy clouds.

Experiment with the Light controls to get the look you want.

Light controls are adjusted to bring out more details in the clouds.

Decrease Exposure and Highlights to bring back details in bright areas. The image below shows the settings that gave us the results we liked.

Exposure and Highlights are decreased, recovering details in the clouds.

See the effect a few quick adjustments can have on recovering detail in your sky photos.

Before: Pale blue sky with wispy clouds over the ocean. After: Sky is brighter and more details are visible in the clouds.

Now you can make a dull sky more interesting. For even more flexibility when editing, see the benefits of shooting in raw format.

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