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Sky Replacement Tutorial And Some Down Under Skys

Published: 18/05/2010
By: larry

My friend Vince deStefano down in Melbourne, AU just sent me a link to his free sky replacement library and his YouTube video tutorial on how to do sky replacement. I'm going to add Vince's library and tutorial to the PFRE blog Resource page.

Vince and his Propertysnaps real estate photography business are a real success story. Vince launched his company in 2006 just about the time I started doing the PFRE blog. Vince has now built his business into a very successful, independent, multiperson full service real estate photography business that besides photography does, twilight photography, elevated 10 pole (a big pole that he built himself) photography, floor plans, aerial photography, copywriting and property websites.

The skyline in Vince's example has a pretty simple skyline. Sometimes you will encounter more complicated skylines with lots of trees. Here is another skyline replacement technique that you can use for the tough skylines. Always give Vince's approach first because it's faster.

5 comments on “Sky Replacement Tutorial And Some Down Under Skys”

  1. Could you link to the YouTube video directly. We have blown out his bandwidth limit on his website/blog.

  2. Its a nice attempt but Three things that could improve the shot dramatically

    1 Use a sky picture with the light coming from the same direction as the light in the house picture. the source lights are completely mismatching.
    2 apply the process to the reflections in the windows.
    3 add hard shadows.

    when i look at the end result of the photo something just looks fake instantly. our minds have been seeing these details all our lives so when we look at a sunny or cloudy sky its immediately obvious to even an untrained eye when these visual cues are missing.

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