Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/10, 1/80 sec, Raw
Gemeentehuis Sittard At Sunset
Since I’m here I took at least 50 pictures from this building at different days and times. I was never really satisfied with the outcome because I wanted to come up with something special, something that will make this building look spectacular and I was determined to do it.
I think the best photographs happens when you least expect it and how well you are prepared for the unexpected. It felt good when I was passing through town, seeing the sky slowly clearing up. I hurried up to this place as fast as I could so I don’t miss this beautiful opportunity. I have managed to be there when the Sun came through the clouds completely.
I set my tripod/camera for long exposure. I wanted to have the clouds looking artistic, smooth and not too overwhelming. Usually it takes some time before I nail it, but this time I was happy with the very first shot. I kept shooting like crazy that day, but the first picture impressed me the most.
At my studio, I quickly uploaded all pictures into my computer for further processing. This is what I did in Lightroom and Photoshop
1) Open up the shadows
2) Drop down the highlights to recover some of the sky
3) Press alt key to move the whites to the right until you see dots on the screen and then back it up a little…The dots indicate if parts in your image are overexposed or not
4) Do the same with the blacks, but the opposite direction
5) Increase contrast
6) In this example I set the white balance to Shade to make the sunset look richer
7) boost clarity, not much around 20%
8) Vibrance, I usually do same as clarity
9) reduce noise to 20% and increase sharpness to 60%
10) check lens correction and chromatic aberration
11) When shooting RAW you get this option where you can change picture styles. I have chosen landscape which sometimes does a great job boosting your image and making it pop up a little more.
12) export to Photoshop
13) use Imanogenic noiseware to reduce as much noise as possible
14) Use unsharp mask in Photoshop for the final sharpness of the image
15) Use curves to bring back some of the contrast lost while using unsharp mask
16) Whenever sharpening the image you will loose some of the colors. You can get it back with vibrance
17) save and export…
This is very quick overview of the steps I usually do to make my images look the way I want. I’m not saying it’s the best way. It’s the way I’ve learned it from other professionals around the world and It works well for me.
I hope you like this image, please if you do let me know and give it a thumbs up. Looking forward to another picture…