Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 7

//Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 7


Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 7
Final Processed Image
Straight out of camera

Camera Gear and Settings:

  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm F4L Wide Angle
  • Focal Length: 17mm
  • Shutter Speed: 1/800th
  • Aperture: F/8
  • ISO: 160

Processing Software Used:

  • Lightroom CC 2015
  • Photoshop CC 2015

photo by: Jymmy Lopez

Ice Lake

Iceland 2014, Photo Tour with McKay Photography Academy

As if every Sunday School isn’t exciting enough and loaded with tons of great information, this week is going to be great because it will discuss a big problem that many photographers face. High Dynamic Range!

Simple put, High Dynamic Range is when you have too great a separation between light and dark parts of your image. This weeks Sunday School example is a classic case of this. If you look at the “Straight out of camera” view, you will notice that the sky exposure looks great. You can see all of the texture and tones.. Nothing is overexposed and therefore all the detail has been captured. The problem was in order for me to get that sky exposed the landscape took a hit. All of the land and even the lake is very dark. At first glance you might think that this photograph is a total bust and it should be scrapped. However, the power of tools like Photoshop and Lightroom will make that farther from the truth. With proper adjusting you can actually salvage much of that darkened land.

It’s worth mentioning, this image was captured in RAW format. By setting the camera to RAW, all of the information collected at capture is here to use. This means that I have a greater chance of fixing this dark foreground. This also means that I should be able to do it with little quality loss. There will be some noise in the shadows but not enough to make a huge difference. If I had captured this image in JPEG I would have less information to work with and therefore the results would not look as good.

Editing Process

Most of the editing was fixed using a gradient filter inside of Lightroom.

Once the dark area was fixed, I could go in with more creative adjustments, fixing items such as color and sharpness, removing unwanted spots and inperfections. The biggest thing was correcting the exposure and much of that was taken care of in Lightroom.


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