This is a picture I took yesterday:
The sky is a bit too washed out for me so I’d like to crank down the luminance of the blue. Camera Raw makes a valiant effort but the crane trusses and other incidentally blue things end up looking…off:
I opened it as a smart object in PS CS6 to try and mask out the sky but the magic wand tool feels like a club instead of a scalpel when it comes to masking out the bits of sky poking through the crane. Also, I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to do from there because all the typical level controls are disabled.
How would I go about getting the desired sky in photoshop without the weird fuzziness/coloring on the cranes and buildings?
Use the menu Select-> Color range. Then choose the +eyedropper icon and drag across the gradient of the sky until you have the sky selected. Then go to the Adjustments (under the layers panel) and choose Hue/Saturation, Curves or whatever you want to do with the sky.