Upon receiving my new lens, a Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, I headed to the Sammamish River Trail in Bothell, WA to do some shooting. I took a shot at 300mm of the trees above, with the sky in the background:
I like the composition, but there is no pop to the photo. Using Nik Software’s Viveza as an external editor for Lightroom 2, I made one simple adjustment. I placed a control point on the sky and lowered the brightness. Here is the result:
The beauty of Viveza is that the control point only effected the blue of the sky and left the leaves and branches alone. The process took a matter of seconds! This is a quick and easy solution to darkening the sky without the use of polarizing filters or more complicated edits in post.