25 Breathtaking Images Of Clouds

Clouds are an important part of landscape photography – in case you want to shoot truly amazing landscapes, you certainly have to pay special attention to clouds and their shapes and colors.

According to the World Meteorological Organization's International Cloud Atlas, there are 10 basic types of clouds. Knowing these types can be useful in case you want to be able to recognize them and know what type of weather you can expect from each of them.

Cloud Types

  • Low-level clouds (cumulus, stratus, stratocumulus) all lie below 6,500 feet. Cumulus clouds are usually rounded, puffy and white, stratus clouds are flat and grayish, and stratocumulus clouds are grayish puffy clouds that show up in patches with clear sky in between them.
  • Middle clouds (altocumulus, nimbostratus, altostratus) form between 6,500 and 20,000 feet. Altocumulus clouds are usually rounded masses aligned in parallel bands, nimbostratus clouds are very thick and dark gray, and altostratus clouds look like bluish-gray sheets that partially or totally cover the sky.
  • High-level clouds (cirrus, cirrocumulus, cirrostratus) lie above 20,000 feet. Cirrus clouds are thin, white and wispy, cirrocumulus clouds are small and white, often arranged in rows, and cirrostratus clouds are semi-transparent streaks that veil the entire sky.
  • Cumulonimbus clouds span the low, middle, and high altitudes and they resemble cumulus clouds. Their bottoms are usually dark and they are thunderstorm clouds.

Now that you know what these cloud types look like, you can enjoy the following 25 beautiful examples of cloud photography!

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Photo by Aaron Lee on Unsplash

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Photo by Adam Eggleston on Unsplash

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Photo by Alexey Gnatuk on Unsplash

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Photo by Andrew Hughes on Unsplash

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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Photo by Anthony Cantin on Unsplash

Let's face it, capturing beauty is about amazing composition.  Getting composition right has always been the greatest challenge for the photographer. If you’d like to get better at photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, you should take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide to advanced composition.

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Photo by Bryan Minear on Unsplash

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Photo by Chuttersnap on Unsplash

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Photo by Clemente Ruiz Abenza on Unsplash

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Photo by Daniela Avila on Unsplash

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Photo by Dmitry Ermakov on Unsplash

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Photo by Jack Hamilton on Unsplash

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Photo by Jam Schulz on Unsplash

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Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash

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Photo by Joe Mania on Unsplash

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Photo by Jonathan Knoll on Unsplash

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Photo by Ju On on Unsplash

Learning And Applying Advanced Composition Will Elevate Your Photographs

Advanced Composition – will ensure you create images that pop. You'll get more out of your photography and start taking images that will truly capture your creative vision. If you’d like to improve your composition skills and learn concepts that go beyond the ‘rule of thirds’, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition

In Kent Dufault's Advanced Composition, you'll discover advanced composition concepts such as:

  • Compression
  • Color Placement
  • Contrast Overlap
  • Rhythm
  • Color Wash
  • Texture
  • Stacking

Get it here today

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Photo by Micah Hallahan on Unsplash

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Photo by Samuel Ferrara on Unsplash

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Photo by Sergio Rola on Unsplash

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Photo by Shane Perry on Unsplash

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Photo by Teddy Kelley on Unsplash

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

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Photo by Vladimir Chuchadeev on Unsplash

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Photo by Yuriy Kovalev on Unsplash

Further Learning:

We hope you've enjoyed this inspiring gallery of clouds. If you are looking to improve your photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the ‘rule of thirds’, do take a look at Kent DuFault’s guide Advanced Composition. With this guide, you will learn all about:

  • color
  • light
  • shadow
  • lines
  • curves
  • repetition
  • juxtaposition
  • anticipation
  • pre-visualization
  • timing

Click here now to check it out.

Further Resources:

In case you want to learn more about sky photography, feel free to check out the following links!

  1. How To Master Night Sky Photography
  2. Bite Size Tips: 3 Tips For More Powerful Clouds In Your Landscapes
  3. How to Photograph Clouds (With 12 Beautiful Examples)
  4. How to Take Great Photos Of Clouds
  5. Cloud Photography
  6. 7 Tips For Taking Great Cloud Photos

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