Monday, 1 September 2014

Gradient in the sky

Daily photo - Gradient in the sky

Today I would like to share high dynamic range image I took in Mexico during late sunset. What I like most about this image is transition from cold blue tones in the top-left and bottom-right corner to warm orange and yellows in the top-right corner of the frame.

If you would like to learn how to create such images yourself, make sure to read my free HDR tutorial.
Gradient in the sky

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Huge cloud over Warsaw

Daily photo - Huge cloud over Warsaw

Today I would like to share HDR photo of a sunset that I captured last year in Warsaw, Poland. I really like this single cloud and sun rays just behind it.
Huge cloud over Warsaw

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Saturation vs Vibrance - what's the difference?

When I started using Adobe Lightroom a few years ago, one of the things that caused my biggest confusion was what had been the difference between Saturation and Vibrance sliders. They both seemed to affect saturation and vividness of colours but the results they gave weren't identical.

And that is true - although both sliders boost saturation of colours, they do this in a slightly different manner. Here's an example.

Below you can see original image I took on Lanzarote islands, Canary Islands. The image showing volcanones has pretty low saturation so I decided to improve it:
Original image

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Autumn in Tatra mountains

Daily photo - Autumn in Tatra mountains

Autumn is just around the corner here, so today I would like to share landscape photo I took last year in Tatra mountains in Poland.
Autumn in Tatra mountains

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Post-processing Wednesday: Christmas market

before after

Time for another post in my Post-processing Wednesday series. For more posts from this series go here.

In this case Before photo is 0 EV photo without any adjustments and After image is finished image that I manually blended using luminosity masks in Photoshop.

About source images

There is still some time before next Christmas but today I decided to show you how I edited image captured during exactly that time of the year almost 2 years ago.

You can read more about the image itself in this post. Well, image in that post is slightly different but it shares EXIF data as I was shooting with same parameters for almost whole evening.

As you can see in the Before photo above, some highlights were slightly blown out, especially in the areas near light sources. At the same time some areas were darker than I intended them to be, eg. sky and buildings on the right. So I decided to capture HDR image and for that purpose I took 7 exposures at 1.5 EV spacing. You can see all exposures below sorted from brightest to darkest:
Bracketed photos in Lightroom

Darkest exposure have all lights correctly exposed and brightest one (+2 EV) exposes shadows correctly.

Editing in Lightroom

As always I started my editing in Lightroom. This time I moved tint of White Balance to +24 to make the image a little bit more magenta. I also applied lens corrections in Lens Corrections tab by checking both Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration settings.

After that I exported all my source images to Photoshop for manual blending.

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