Ahh, summertime! Long days, short nights and lots of weather happening. Summertime to me means warm humid beach days along both coasts, cold days in San Francisco, frost and remnants of snow in the beautiful area of Mt. Rainier in Washington State and my favorite, Monsoon season in the desert southwest.
Monsoon season in Phoenix delivers storms almost every day. When I say storms, I am talking about thunderstorms. What is unique to this area is these thunderstorms very rarely have rain associated with them, making it an ideal location to chase storms.[Read More]
In the first part of this article, we explored how gradient adjustments can be made in-camera, by using a graduated neutral density filter. In Part 2, we covered basic gradient adjustments in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. To conclude this series, we’ll take a look at making gradient adjustments in Adobe Photoshop.
Gradient Masks in Photoshop
The Photoshop equivalent to the gradual filter in Lightroom is to create a gradient layer mask that can be used with adjustment layers. Although simple gradient adjustments are easily applied in Lightroom, gradient masks in Photoshop allow for more customization, as well as the ability to use the gradient mask for editing that goes beyond tonal and color adjustments. This includes blending different images together in a composite.[Read More]
Most of the time I was also shooting video and, after doing a custom white balance in-camera, I pretty much had to stick with one setting for everything and try to get a decent overall exposure within the frame. For the video, I used a slightly blue white balance card to cheat the white balance a little warmer – this is a common trick for video to prevent the footage from looking too cold. This also had a slight benefit for the high iso – my camera, a Cannon 5D mk II, has a tendency to go blue in the shadows at the highest ISO.
The SypderCube proved to be very helpful in rough calibrating the color shift in the shadows…[Read More]