You will be able to create a simple Luminance Layer Mask. This will increase the dynamic range of your image.
It requires the following on your part in Photoshop:
1. A photo that has 2 layers.
- The top layer is for the Ground (Sky is too bright)
- The bottom layer is for the Sky (Sky is properly exposed)
2. Make sure the top layer is selected
3. Press Play on the Action
To Install this Action:
First download it to your computer, you can download it into the location listed below or you can copy it there after downloading.
- Photoshop CS 6
Windows: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6\Presets\Actions
- Photoshop CC
Windows: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC*<version>\Presets\Actions
Mac: <Username>/Library/Preferences/Adobe Photoshop CC*<version> Presets\Actions
Next you have to load it into Photoshop itself:
If you don't have the Actions Panel open already -
Click on the Windows Menu, then click on Actions
In the Actions Panel in the upper right part of the panel you will see a down arrow next to 3 horizontal bars, click on that.
A pop up menu will appear, click on "Load Actions" part way down the list.
A Browser Window will open, just click on the Action set that you want to load.
How to use an Action:
Select the Action you want to use in the Action Panel by clicking on it. Then at the bottom of the Actions Panel, click on Play. That's it!