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Ever wish you could get a peek behind the lens of another photographer and watch them work?
That’s how I feel when I see a photo I admire.
In my “How I Got The Shot” series I provide a look into my thought process behind a particular image and share helpful tips for shooting and editing.
It was late afternoon when my husband came home and my daughter ran up to get a hug.
The overhead lights were off and I noticed how they were standing in a pocket of light shining in from the window.
I knew if I exposed for the light shining in the rest of the scene would be thrown into shadow.
I ran for my camera!
Here’s the SOOC (straight out of camera) photo:
I converted the photo to black and white in Lightroom, lowered the overall shadows and raised the Luminance slider in the Detail panel to reduce the noise in the image.
I used a graduated filter on the lefthand side of the image to lower the shadows a bit more.
I used a radial filter on the subjects to raise the exposure slightly.
I created another graduated filter on the righthand side of the image and brought the shadows and exposure down. This helped to hide some of the distracting items on the counter, but it also removed the pretty light from the window.
So I used the erase tool to erase the adjustments off the window:
Finally, I used an adjustment brush to raise the exposure a bit on the light coming in from the window:
and the finished product: