Enhancing a Sunset Photograph with Lightroom and Photoshop
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Enhancing a Sunset Photograph with Lightroom and Photoshop

with Chris Orwig

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This is the photograph that we'll be working on and creating in this course. And this course is primarily about how we can use Lightroom and Photoshop together in order to create brilliant and vibrant colors like you can see here. Yet, at the same time at its core, this course is also about photography. So here in this first movie, I want to talk a little bit about the process of capturing this image. And I also want to talk about the process of finding the keeper of selecting the photograph that we're going to work on throughout this course. Well, here's a little bit about the story which led up to capturing the photograph.

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57m 1s Intermediate Apr 09, 2014

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Learn how to make your dusks and dawns more vivid, vibrant, and alive with Lightroom and Photoshop. This short, project-based course walks you through the steps needed to transform a dull sunset image into a beautiful photo worth sharing, using the tools in Lightroom and Photoshop. Leveling, cropping, retouching, and tone and contrast adjustments are par for the course, but Chris Orwig also shows how to take advantage of virtual copies to create different color treatments, and then combine those treatments in Photoshop for a really stunning final effect.

Subject:
Photography
Software:
Photoshop Lightroom
Author:
Chris Orwig

The photographic process of capturing the image

This is the photograph that we'll be working on and creating in this course. And this course is primarily about how we can use Lightroom and Photoshop together in order to create brilliant and vibrant colors like you can see here. Yet, at the same time at its core, this course is also about photography. So here in this first movie, I want to talk a little bit about the process of capturing this image. And I also want to talk about the process of finding the keeper of selecting the photograph that we're going to work on throughout this course. Well, here's a little bit about the story which led up to capturing the photograph.

It was really about this sequence here, these different photographs. And you know, it all started with this image. I was on a photo shoot and the photo shoot was over. We had all given high fives. The sun had set. And my friend was walking away with the surfboard underneath his arm. And I couldn't resist but to capture this frame. And he just kept walking on this path, down towards the sunset. At this point, I hollered out to him. I said, hey, can you carry the surfboard on your head? And he did.

And I liked what I was seeing, but I knew that the image wasn't quite there. Yet, I knew that it was getting close. He was getting near that corner. And when he would turn that corner, all of a sudden, I would be able to see the entire silhouette of the surfboard. And then it happened. There it was. He was in just the right spot. The framing was there, the colors were beautiful, and I loved what I was seeing. Yet, and looking at this photograph, I realize after the fact that it wouldn't work because his legs were overlapping. I needed a picture which was a half a second later, this one right here.

So, there's always a story or a process to capturing the photograph. And also, after the fact to looking through the images and comparing two pictures, is it this one or is it this one here? And as a photographer, what you have to do is have that vision. You have to have this deep within who you are, so that when you come across that photograph that makes your heart pound, that you say, you know what? This one is it. I'm going to commit to this photograph. And I actually have a vision, or I have a road map for how I want to process this photograph and make it come to life.

Alright, well, there's a little bit of the process in regards to capturing the photograph. Next, what I want to dig into is the process for creating the image working with Lightroom and Photoshop. And we'll talk about that process in the next movie.

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