Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 14

//Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 14
The art of “Visualization” and how it applies to photography. This is probably the most important tool in your photographic career. Without it your images are sure to fall short.


2016 Trans America Building, San Francisco, CA

WE ARE CHANGING THIS UP. We would like to experiment with something new and we are asking you for your thoughts.

Today is the first version of Sunday School as an audio | visual experience versus a written article. We will still include a short intro as you will see just to set things up. But the full Sunday School will be a short video you can watch.

Please leave us your thoughts about this in the comment section and if you love this idea, give us a thumbs up. This will let us know if we are heading in the right direction.

AS ALWAYS, Thanks in advance!

What do you do before ever hitting the shutter button to capture an image?

Are you concerning yourself with what lens should you use? Do I need my tripod for this image? Should I break out any filters? Well, if this is you, I ask you in return, Do you even know what you are photographing? Have you decided on a subject yet?

Whether you are of a technical mind or an artistic thinker, it doesn’t matter. You simply can’t make decisions on an image without seeing the image first with your eyes before ever touching a piece of gear. In fact, many times when I get to a location, I never set my camera bag down or pick up my camera body before I have taken a moment to explore the area and then decided on what the subject matter was and how I am going to make that subject a star in my image.

This is where the art of “Visualization” comes in.

Straight out of camera

Editing Process

The entire editing process for this image was done inside of Lightroom, starting with the dehaze slider. No photoshop was needed at all. The entire list of edits is shown in the video (link above).

The one thing not covered in the video and something that was considered was converting this image to black and white versus color. I did save a virtual copy in black and white as well. If you would like to see the black and white version, let us know in the comments either on the blog or in the video section. If we get interest we will post the black and white version for your viewing.

Click on the photo below to watch this weeks Sunday School and see exactly what we are talking about.

Final Processed Image

Camera Gear and Settings:

Processing Software Used:

  • Lightroom CC 2015

photo by: Adam aka:Jymmy

  1. You may be curious as to why Aperture was my first priority in this image. The reason I chose F8 over say ISO as a priority was that I wanted to make sure I was taking a photo with as sharp an aperture as I could get. I don’t believe distance was a factor here because the building was far away and I was focusing at infinity. What that means is depth was not a factor but a sharp aperture was. So I set that.
  2. After that, I knew I needed a shutter speed fast enough to hand hold a large lens like the 100-400. While 80th of a second could be a little risky, I was leaning against a building for extra support since I didn’t have time to set up a tripod.
  3. Lastly, ISO was set to get a meter reading for proper exposure.


  • Love the new format!

    Karyn 04.04.2016
    • Thank you Karyn for your comment. We have been getting feedback from some who have said that the new video style Sunday School was great. We are thrilled to hear the news and we sincerely appreciate you letting us know. We make this content for you and hope that you find it fun, informative, easy to understand and inspiring to try. Thanks again for your support. We appreciate you!

      JymmyJack 04.04.2016

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