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Watch the 1st lesson right now! Camera Choice: What camera I’m working with. DSLR Canon T2I, Sony A7r3 and iPhone
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Photoshop, Lightroom & Aurora
What camera I’m working with. DSLR Canon T2I, Sony A7r3 and iPhone.
What are the basic lenses? Understanding the focal distance.
Go outside and with the same subject open your lens as much as you can, take a photo and zoom in little by little, so you can see what focal distance you have on that lens. Do that for all your lenses, it is a great exercise to do to understand better your lenses.
Why you should not use it and how to start using your camera.
Turn your camera on and take a photo with the Auto Mode and now go to the AV mode and take the same shot, notice if there is a change in luminosity.
Understanding the depth of field in your camera and why it is an artistic decision.
Take whatever lens you have to make a portrait of a friend who is close to you, go to AV mode and open as much as you can your aperture like 1.4 or 2.8 or 4 whatever your lens offers, then take another shot with the aperture closed completely like F22. Compare both backgrounds.
I explain you what shutter speed is and the effect that different speed has on movement.
Put your camera on a tripod and go the TV mode and try different shutter speeds on a scene that has flowing water, like a fountain, a river or the sea and see for yourself the relation between shutter speed and movement.
What is the use of ISO and why you should always aim to be at 100 ISO.
Take a photo on a tripod at 100 ISO of a night scene and take the same shot with a very high ISO by hand and look at both photos on a big screen and see the difference of grain!
Example of use of ISO for shooting at night.
Let’s see how we can do a quick retouch on this 500 ISO photo and if the photo is usable.
Go to a terrace in your city by night where tripods are not allowed and by using the self-timer and putting the ISO at around 500 to 1000 get a good city shot, look at it and retouch it in Lightroom. Load the photo here.
In this video I show the different Auto Focus modes and what are their use.
Take photos of things in movement and see the difference between the Auto focus continue and the Auto Focus Shot (Non-moving vs moving objects)..
In this video I show a practical example of a situation where you have no choice but to play with the ISO because tripods are not allowed.
In this video taken in New York at the Top of the Rock I show the different times of the day of the same scene, the amazing view of the Empire State Building form the Top of the Rock.
Find a great stop for a landscape or cityscape around you and take the same framing, first during the day, then one hour before sunset, the golden hour, at Sunset, during blue hour and then at night. Compare the results for yourself what do you like the most? Load the best one here.
White balance is an arbitrary, it is an artistic decision, I show you various examples.
During the day go and put your camera on Auto White Balance and take a shot, now put it on Day light and take another shot, you should see almost no difference. Now put your White Balance in Tungsten mode and see how blue it is. Now at night do the reverse, put your white balance on Daylight and take a photo and see how warm it is and now put at Tungsten and see how realistic the colors are.
If you shoot JPG you let the camera decide of the white balance and in post production it decides of the retouching options, if you shoot RAW you get a lot more post processing options.
Take a beautiful sunset as a RAW file and then as a JPG. Open up the RAW file in Lightroom and bring the highlights completely down, the shadows completely up and play around with the white balance, synchronize that with your JPG and then compare the look. Select both photos and press C on your Keyboard to go into compare mode and see for yourself.
Learn the most fundamental rules about composition.
Take a photo with rules of third Take a photo with leading lines Take a photo with a specific foreground, a middle ground, a background Take a photo with a frame in the frame Take a photo with a strong story. Load your photos here
In this video I show you many photography techniques, we start combining everything we have learned so far.
I show you a classic retouch of that first sunrise shot from the hotel using the usual Lightroom tools.
Go out and shoot a sunrise or a golden hour and use the tools in Lightroom to make it pop. Post it here.
Now we take the same photo and we retouch it using Aurora HDR to get a more spectacular result.
Do a HDR of a sunrise or Golden Hour and use Aurora HDR to make it into a great photo. Make sure you don’t over expose it and take it so that you don’t have too much lens flare that could ruin your photo. Post it here.
There was a lot more photos I got from this hotel window and I will show how we can use what we have learned so far on the rest of the photos.
Let’s see all the photos we got and do a classic retouch in Lightroom.
Now we take the best one we had and make it even better in Luminar.
Take one of your Golden hour or Sunrise Photo and retouch it first in Lightroom and then into Luminar. Post it here.
In this video I show you how to do a HDR in Lightroom and how to turn on the light on the beautiful lamps of the Louvre.
Do a standard HDR in Lightroom and turn on some city lights in your shot, exact same concept that I showed you in the video but in a city of your choice. Load it here.
I show you how to add fog using Luminar and why it is important to shoot where the nice light is. I had a lot of bad photos that morning too.
Take a photo at sunrise and using Luminar fog filter add some fog to make one element more visible. Load it here.
In this video I bring you inside of the Napoleon Apartments inside the Louvre and show you one of the most breathtaking hidden view of Paris.
I show you a really cool trick to make your interior photo shine.
Find an amazing interior location near you and take a photo using the lowest possible ISO either by hand or on a tripod and retouch it using the magic of the Radial Circle. Post it here.
One of the most unique view deserves a special Photoshop treatment to make it awesome!
After a nice sunrise let’s look at how to take photos in the fog when tripods are not allowed!
Let’s see what came out of this photoshoot, what worked and what didn’t work and how to retouch this night foggy photos.
Go out and shoot some sunrise very foggy in the city or at night and retouch it based on these principles.. Post it here.
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I retouch all day light and golden hour taken with the Canon Camera; I show you some cool trick to make Golden hour photo pop.
Take a photo of a golden Hour toward the west where the sun sets and with the technic that I just showed you try to improve the photo into Lightroom, using the gradient and circle technique. Post it here.
In this video I show you how to retouch sunset photos, and also we talk about composition and why some photos just don't work.
Go and take a photo of a high view in a city with sunset and retouch it as showed in this video. Post it here.
I will show you how I retouched the blue hour and sunset photos and what composition worked and what did not work.
At night find a city view and try to zoom in on a specific element at sunset so that your photo has a clearer message, give it that sunset look as showed in the video. Post it here.
In this video I will show you one of my favorite photoshoot I did in Cape Town's beautiful beach.
I have a very precise selection technique to see what is a potentially good photo and what is a bad photo.
Let’s go through all the photos that have one star and take the best of the best.
Now we finalize the best of the best.
Let’s retouch the two panoramas of that day and see what we can get out of it!
Go out and make sure you are in Manual Mode and take a panorama of a sunset and retouch it using this instructions. Post it here.
A behind the scene of my wife and I taking photos in New York.
Let’s first make a selection of the best of the best photos.
Let’s retouch the first photo and find the right sky or look.
A lot of sky replacement in this serie, because we have a great subject but poor light.
Go out and make sure you are in Manual Mode and take a panorama of a sunset and retouch it using this instructions. Post it here.
One of the best photography day in my entire life, behind the scene.
Let’s go through the selection and let’s create a nice composition of this amazing day in the Kruger Park.
Let’s start to retouch our 2 stars, we start off by a stylish, fast and easy look.
For the next project we have to install some skies.
Take the sky replacement bundle on photoserge.com and install in the skies library as shown above so that you have them once and for all.
Become an expert at sky replacement..
In this video I show you some photos from a roof top under the rain in New York.
I show you a work around if you cannot stick your panoramas in Lightroom because you don’t have the exact same focal on all your photos.
In this video I take you with me on the top of the Printemps one of the largest department store in Paris and one of the best view!
I’m going to show you what I considered a good photo and a new retouching technique including dramatic night black and white.
Go take another superb sunset from a high view of your city and retouch it with all your knowledge so far, making sure that colors are strong but natural and that the message is clear. Post it here.
Let’s go back to south Africa on the top of the famous Table Mountain in Cape town.
Let’s do a short selection and see which one is usable and can have a potential with retouch.
Now we have a good selection of the potential let’s retouch the best and let’s do one more sky replacement for fun!
One of the nicest beach I have seen with great penguins.
Let’s go through another shoot and select the best one and let’s talk composition and storytelling!
Let’s retouch the boulder beach photos and make some awesome blue hour photography.
Go out and take some blue hour photo on an overcast day, make sure you proper expose your photo and retouch them as shown here so you have some amazing dramatic blue hour sky. Post it here.
Let’s go back to Paris and take some photos around the Eiffel Tower.
Let’s see which photos work and which don’t of this Eiffel Tower evening.
Let’s retouch all the golden hours and play around with profiles!
Go take a photo of a great subject in bracketing and do a HDR with Lightroom and another with Aurora HDR and compare both. Post it here.
We now retouch the blue hour section and sunset. In this one I will try to do a natural HDR in Lightroom compare to Aurora HDR and see which one I like better.
I will show you a technique of portrait that I love, it is kind of a movie poster and a mixture between portrait and landscape.
Let’s see what are the best shot we got and how to erase the assistant using the flash.
In this video I try different styles to see what would fit better.
Use a similar technique if possible, with flash, you can see the gears I used here: Merge the photo like I did and create as much as you want on it with different skies until you have something that you like. Post it here.
Let’s do a more natural spring vibe portrait where the flash is optional.
Same technique but this time we go for a more natural result.
Go out and without a flash take a portrait in a landscape where we can see the beauty of the model and the environment. Post it here.
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