How I Got The Shot

How I Got The Shot

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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.

Shot with Canon 5D III and 35 mm 1.4 lens. Camera Settings: ISO 1250, f/3.5, SS 1/640

It was late afternoon when my husband came home and my daughter ran up to get a hug.

*heart melts*

The overhead lights were off and I noticed how my husband and daughter 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: 

Editing Tips

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:

If you’re a visual learner, you can watch me edit some of my favorite images HERE.

How I Got The Shot

How I Got The Shot

Disclaimer: This contains affiliate links and any purchases made through such links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you). I only recommend tools and resources I use and love!Ever wish you could get a peek behind the lens of another...

How I Got The Shot

How I Got The Shot

Disclaimer: This contains affiliate links and any purchases made through such links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you). I only recommend tools and resources I use and love!Ever wish you could get a peek behind the lens of another...

How I Got The Shot

How I Got The Shot

Disclaimer: This contains affiliate links and any purchases made through such links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you). I only recommend tools and resources I use and love!Ever wish you could get a peek behind the lens of another...

How I Got The Shot

How I Got The Shot

Disclaimer: This contains affiliate links and any purchases made through such links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you). I only recommend tools and resources I use and love!Ever wish you could get a peek behind the lens of another...

How I Got The Shot

How I Got The Shot

Disclaimer: This contains affiliate links and any purchases made through such links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you). I only recommend tools and resources I use and love!

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.

Shot with Canon 5D III and 35 mm 1.4 lens. Camera Settings: ISO 200, f/16, SS 1/320

I took this photo on the beach.  When I saw the log I knew I’d want to get some silhouette shots there at sunset.

I used a narrow aperture of f/16 in order to capture a starburst effect.

I got down low but made sure just a bit of the sun was peeking above the log.

I exposed for the sky so my subject would be thrown into shadow.

Here’s the SOOC (straight out of camera) photo: 

Here’s how I decided to crop the photo:

Editing Tips

The edit on this photo was simple, done 100% in Lightroom.

I lowered the shadows to enhance the silhouette, raised the highlights and exposure to enhance the sunlight and raised the temperature just a bit.

I used a graduated filter on the sky to add some clarity.  This made the clouds stand out better against the sky.

Finally, I increased the vibrance just a bit, and that was it!

Small adjustment can make a BIG difference!

Check out my Easy to Understand Photography Cheat Sheet for Beginners:

How I Got The Shot

How I Got The Shot

Disclaimer: This contains affiliate links and any purchases made through such links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you). I only recommend tools and resources I use and love!

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.

Shot with Canon 5D III and 35 mm 1.4 lens. Camera Settings: ISO 1600, f/3.2, SS 1/500

9 times out of 10 it’s the light that motivates me to grab my DSLR to capture a moment.  Well, the light plus someone I love.

I saw the light from the window behind my daughter, but I also saw the shadows to the right of her and thought I’d be able to use the shadows and the reflection on the floor to frame her and lead the eye toward her. 

I set my exposure on my daughter but slightly underexposed the photo on purpose because I knew the highlights from the window were going to be very bright.  I also hoped underexposing would give me darker shadow areas. 

I got down low in order to capture the floor and the reflection as part of the shot.  This helps draw the eye toward her. 

Here’s the SOOC (straight out of camera) photo: 

I shot it a wee bit crooked so I straightened it with a crop.  I cropped out the chair on the left in order to remove distractions and bring the focus in on the subject.  I also placed the subject along the rule of thirds line.

Editing Tips

The overall temperature of the image was too warm, so I lowered the temperature slider.

One factor when I’m shooting in this room of my home is the color of the walls.  When I repaint I’m going to tone down the yellow!

Color casts from walls are a common challenge, but there are ways to counteract that problem in Lightroom.  My first step in dealing with that was to lower the overall temperature.

I also lowered the highlights slider because I felt the brightness of the light coming in from the window was distracting.

Because I shot the image at ISO 1600 I had some noise in the shadow areas and on my subject so I raised the Luminance slider under the Detail panel to 15.

As you can see in the SOOC image, the shadow areas weren’t anywhere near as dark as I wanted them to be (and there was a roll of fabric leaning against the door!), so I used th graduated filter in Lightroom to bring the shadows and the exposure down in those darker areas of the image.

I then took the image into Photoshop to make a few final adjustments:

I used a Color Balance adjustment layer to pull more yellow out of the image.  I brushed that layer onto the white areas of the walls to make the whites look more white.

I also used the Color Balance adjustment layer to cool my subject (she was a little yellow, too).

Back in Lightroom, I used a radial filter to raise the exposure and contrast on my subject just a bit.  And I was done!

The vision in my mind’s eye was brought to life through the power of Lightroom and a little Photoshop!

If you’re a visual learner, you can watch me edit some of my favorite images HERE.

How I Got The Shot

How I Got The Shot

Disclaimer: This contains affiliate links and any purchases made through such links will result in a small commission for me (at no extra cost for you). I only recommend tools and resources I use and love!

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.

Shot with Canon 5D III and 35 mm 1.4 lens. Camera Settings: ISO 125, f/3.2, SS 1/250

I took this photo at a local frozen yogurt shop.  We were there close to sunset and my daughter was standing in direct light from the sun while serving herself some froyo.

I love to shoot with my subject in a pocket of light because when I expose for the subject the rest of the scene falls off into shadow.  That was the effect created here with her standing in the strong sunset light.

I used a bright area of my daughter’s skin to set my exposure then toggled my focal point to compose the photo.

Here’s the SOOC (straight out of camera) photo: 

I shot the image with a Cloudy White Balance Setting.  This probably wasn’t the best choice because it rendered the image too warm.

I didn’t have enough time to change my white balance!  Thankfully I shoot my photos in RAW so it’s easy to adjust the white balance in Lightroom.

A cooler white balance setting may have been a better choice to cool the warmth of the light.

If time allows I prefer to set a custom white balance before shooting. 

Editing Tips

I altered the crop to place my subject along the rule of thirds line.  Also, I was bothered by the trash can in the foreground and wanted to eliminate as much of it as possible.

In Lightroom I adjusted the photo’s temperature by sliding the temperature slider toward blue.  This neutralized the warmth of the sunlight.

A few other adjustments I made:

I lowered the shadows globally to enhance them.

I lowered the overall highlights because they were too bright in the light areas of the photo.

I used graduated filters to lower the exposure on the shadowy areas on the left and the right lower corner to enhance the shadows and minimize the trashcan.

I used a radial filter on my daughter to raise exposure and bring her out of the shadows a bit. 

I like the overall result, but if I could take this photo again, I would have stepped a bit farther to the left so as to avoid the trashcan in the image. 

A step to the left would have also put the yogurt machine in the foreground and led the eye toward the subject.

I only had moments to set up the shot before my daughter moved on, but maybe we’ll go back for some froyo soon and give it another shot!

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