Sunday School Episode 16

//Sunday School Episode 16
Digital Photography Sunday School Episode 16.           Another Sunday School Tip.


2016 Santa Cruz County, CA

Where to go? What to shoot? Is the light going to be good? What if it’s a bust?

These are all questions that crossed my mind in the process of creating this image. Sometimes you have to just make a choice and go for it.

This week’s Sunday School is about making the decision then going on an adventure to find something worth shooting. Once I found this spot I knew this was the image I was seeking.

I will show you in what I saw and the thought process behind capturing the final image. You will also get to see step by step how I processed the image…..I even make a couple time consuming mistakes along the way.

Straight out of camera

Editing Process

This image was processed in Lightroom & Photoshop CC. I wanted to do the whole process in Lightroom but the HDR conversion was not to my liking. After some basic edits I moved over to Photoshop for some manual blending of exposures. I did this using luminosity masks. There are a few other cool tricks I used. You can see the full process by clicking on the link below.

Click here to watch this weeks Sunday School image created from start to finish.

Final Processed Image

Camera Gear and Settings:

Processing Software Used:

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photo by: Jack Thatcher

  1. I started with quality in mind. I was on a tripod and I knew I had plenty of light to shoot at ISO 100.
  2. After that, still with quality on the brain, I picked f/8 because that tends to get the sharpest focus.
  3. Lastly, I let the shutter speed fall on the proper exposure. In this high dynamic light, I decided to bracket my exposure. I shot (3) images: 1/15, 1/60 & 1/125. However, I only used 1/15 & 1/60 in the final image.

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