The most important thing when trying to photograph clouds is to simply always have a camera with you. If you have a focus setting on your camera, set it to infinity or landscape. If you have a camera that you can add filters to, you might consider a "Polaroid" filter. This is like a pair of Polaroid sunglasses, and it increases the contrast between the clouds and the sky. It tends to make clouds look more dramatic.

There are lots of computer programs you can use to increase the contrast and change the colors of your photographs. These should be used sparingly. It is very easy to get carried away and make a sunset look like a Margherita pizza by exaggerating the intensity of the colors. Remember, when it comes to messing with your photos on the computer, less is more.

Resources

Special thanks to Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, for sharing his knowledge about clouds. For more information, check out his latest book, "Hot Pink Flying Saucers and Other Clouds."

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Anonymous
November 28, 2007
I cloud watched as a child on the long drrives in the country. I always saw shapes in the sky. I have since written children stories about clouds, one featuring 'Lill Puff'. I will definitely join the Cloud watcher's Society, after purchasing the book of cousre. marilynidaka
Anonymous
November 27, 2007
Anonymous
November 27, 2007
I thought there was supposed to be a link to the cloud appreciation society. Where is it?
netsybh
November 27, 2007
I just joined the Cloud Society. Several people are wondering how to join it. I went to the Martha Stewart Archives, then brought up todays show. The link is there.
Anonymous
November 27, 2007
Oh, I am so excited about the Cloud Appreciation Society!! Finally, I know others appreciate what I have enjoyed for so long... the beautiful images clouds grace the observant with. How do we cloud-watchers join?
Anonymous
November 27, 2007
I can't find any information on the man who wrote the book about clouds that was on today's show. I would like to purchase the book. Any ideas where to find this information?
Anonymous
November 27, 2007
Can you please tell me how do I can join the cloud photograhers club?