Naiad’s Ghost – Spirit Falls, Washington

Last night I was on Drink and Click with Lotus Carroll and Juan Gonzalez along with some other great photographers discussing star / night / Milky Way Photography. I have included the YouTube recording below for anyone that missed out. There were some really nice pictures shared from everyone on the show.

During the show I also make an announcement about a special project Michael Shainblum and I have been working on for a while. So tune in!

UPDATE: I’m holding an Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshop this Sunday for anyone that wants to follow along as I process a star shot from start to finish. Full details, and sign up HERE.

The Shot
This was another one of those shots that I just couldn’t get right. Going back and back again to make more final adjustments it just wasn’t happening. After a month of sitting on my computer I opened it up today and decided it was done. For anyone that hasn’t been to Spirit Falls yet it seems to be getting much more popular. The location really isn’t hard to find, but the hike down can be a bit tricky / dangerous. TJ Thorne did a nice Behind the Scenes Write up and Video that I looked at before venturing down there on my own.

Since I’ve seen so many pictures coming out of the area, many of them being vertical compositions, I wanted to try the horizontal view. It took some hanging off ledges and setting up my tripod in some strange configurations, but I finally came away with this shot that I snapped off  an hour before sunset as the light painted the trees in color.

Here are the post processing details for anyone interested!

Post Processing Info ( Grab some discount codes to the programs below at bottom of About Me Page )
Processing Time: 1 hour
Music: Lee Burridge Burning Man Set
Drink: A few different Ninkasi beers

Lightroom 4

  • Two RAW files were used to make this picture. One for the full scene and then one for the water movement.
  • Lighten up the shadows and blacks
  • adjust white balance
  • + Vibrance & – Saturation 
  • Sync both RAW files for all settings
  • Final adjustments using clarity brush on the “water” RAW file.
  • Export both pictures to TIFF

 Photoshop CS6

  •  Blend both picture files together using layer masks.
  • Apply Tony Kuypers Luminosity Masking Actions & Techniques to bring out the “mid-tones” and “highlights” in the water and color in the trees 
  • Curves to selectively balance light across the entire photo.
  • Apply color correction using “Color Balance” adjustment.
  • Apply selective color balance to the water and the trees.
  • Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast, Sunlight, and warmth / glow selectively through out the photo.
  • Nik Output Sharpener ( selectively )
  • Noiseware Professional by Imagenomic, the best NR software out there…
  • Slight global vignette application
  • Clone stamp tool on a bunch of sensor dirt and little things that annoyed me;)
  • Save to JPEG.

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Online Star Photography Post Processing Group Workshops

So you’re ready to fully unleash the power of Photoshop & Lightroom, allowing you to take your star photography post processing to the next level?

This interactive online group workshop teaches all of the skills required to take an image ( straight out of the camera ) as shown on the left, and turn it into a finished product, as seen on the right. Upon signing up you’ll even receive the photo we’ll be working on during the workshop, allowing you to follow along at home.

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A new photo is selected and post processed / edited for each workshop. This one is from a past workshop.

What You Will Learn

During our time together we will go through my entire star photography post processing workflow covering the skill sets as denoted below. Some of these skill sets may sound complicated, but I promise to make it an easy and educational learning experience.

Scroll to the very bottom of the page to see comments from satisfied students.


Adobe Lightroom / Adobe Camera RAW
The workshop is taught using Adobe Lightroom, but you can take the workshop using Adobe Camera Raw and learn just as much.
  • RAW file conversion
  • Color correction
  • Lens Correction Profiles & Adjustments
  • Noise Reduction
  • Luminosity Control / Making the Stars Pop
  • Contrast and levels controls
  • Selective Color Application
  • Double RAW File Processing – One of My Favorite Tricks!
Adobe Photoshop
  • Digital Blending
  • Creating and applying luminosity masks (This is what really makes the stars come to life)
  • Using the Channels Module in Photoshop.
  • Channel “Painting” – A simple yet powerful technique I created specifically for editing star photos. Once you see it, you’ll be amazed.
  • Using the Layers Module in Photoshop.
  • Selective sharpening (stars only)
  • Selective noise reduction (dark noisy areas only)
  • Final Color Correction
  • Final Edit (Free Transform, artistic cropping)
  • Artistic Vignette / Presentation
  • Final photo presentation and display.
  • Web Sharpening & Preparing photos for online display.
Artistic Vision and Composition 
  • Although many photographers consider this topic something you should only think about while out shooting, I truly believe it is important to apply it at all times during the photographic & creative process.
  • During our time together I’ll touch on key ideas, and through processes that I use every time I sit down to post process a new photo.
  • I’ll also be discussing key points that I use while out shooting star photos as well.
  • You are of course free to ask questions at any time!

Free Bonus Material – 150$ Value

Along with the great learning experience provided with the workshop you will also get the following sent to your email inbox as soon as you sign up & free of charge.

Buy Now or Scroll Down to Learn More!

Currently there aren’t any online workshops offered due to my summer travel schedule. Click the link below to get a free copy of my 40 page star photography ebook and I’ll also let you know when new workshops open up!

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More details below the next photo.

Another photo example from a past workshop.

 

Learning Format

The class length will run approximately 2 hours.

I will be teaching this workshop in the form of a Google Hangout Video Conference. Google Hangouts allows me to share my screen, my voice, and important information with everyone as we work. ( It’s like Skype, but better! )

I’ll send you an email upon signup thoroughly explaining how to set everything up and how to prepare for the workshop. It’s all very easy!

You will also receive a RAW photo file, the same as the one I’ll be working on during the workshop. This will allow you to work along at home, as I teach the workshop.

Along the way we will stop for questions, discussion and further learning. You are free to stop me at any time during the workshop to ask questions or make comments.

There will be a question and answer session / overview at the end of the class where you can ask anything you like. We usually all talk, share photos, discuss photography, travel locations, and other fun stuff like that!

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Minimum Requirements

  1. A pair of headphones.
  2. Adobe Lightroom 3 or newer. You can use Adobe Camera RAW and still follow along.
  3. Photoshop CS4 or newer.

Other helpful tools that aren’t required, but very helpful

  • A high speed internet connection. We will be doing a video conference, so this always helps.
  • An extra screen. This allows you to watch me on one, and post process on the other.
  • Adobe Bridge

Maximum Participants
9 Participants total  ( When the class is sold out, the “BUY BUTTON” will no longer accept payments.

Payment is carried out through PayPal, but you can also pay with credit or debit card.

  1. Upon selecting the Buy Now button below you will be directed a new page.
  2. On this new page select Submit Order.
  3. You will now be redirected to the PayPal checkout screen.
  4. To pay via credit or debit card, select the “Don’t Have a PayPal Account?” option. This will direct you to the card payment services.

Reference the remaining information below the payment options for any other questions you may have or shoot me an email to Support@DaveMorrowPhotography.com if you can’t find an answer you’re looking for:)

Check out all the comments from happy customers below the photos at the bottom of the page if you like:)

Buy Now or Scroll Down to Learn More!

Currently there aren’t any online workshops offered due to my summer travel schedule. Click the link below to get a free copy of my 40 page star photography ebook and I’ll also let you know when new workshops open up!

CLICK HERE & GET YOUR FREE eBOOK

 

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

I do not have a cancellation policy for this class, the tuition is non-refundable upon purchase. Students that arrive to the class later than 10 minutes after the start time will not be accepted since we will already be well into the learning session. You are welcome to sell your spot to someone if you can not make it, but rescheduling to a future date as makeup will not be allowed. Please make sure to alert me if you sell your workshop spot or will not make it to the workshop for which you have signed up. Thanks for reading my cancelation policy.
Comments from a bunch of happy students right below the next few photos! You can also check out my Complete Star Photography Portfolio if you’re interested.

from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blog post -->http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/05/painted-in-sky-lost-lake-oregon.htmlI've been wanting to get up to Lost Lake to shoot the Milky Way for a while now. After a few failed attempts in the past with clouds covering the sky I finally got a few shots I liked this past weekend.There were intermittent clouds, so I waited and waited and waited until the Mount Hood ( approx 11,000 feet ) and the Milky Way were visible to click off my shutter.In this photo I really wanted to convey the soft light and color tones that the stars leave on the water and surrounding landscapes when there is not much ambient city light to ruin the scene. After standing there long enough, and letting your eyes adjust, the stars twinkle brightly in the water.Thoughts, critique and comments always welcome!This is a single exposure processed in Lightroom & Photoshop.
www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? My summer star photography workshop schedule for 2014 is now up and running.  We will shoot from the exact location you see in the picture above  Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? My summer star photography workshop schedule for 2014 is now up and running.Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops

Learn Photography

This page is dedicated entirely to teaching you the skills I’ve learned since picking up a the camera. Both in the field and the post processing skills are covered in the broad range of free and paid tutorials displayed below. Hopefully you enjoy what I’ve put together here & share it with your friends!

Interested in all the other stuff I use in the field and at the computer? Check out the What’s in My Camera Bag Section of this website. There are also some free discount codes at the bottom of this page:)

Download Your Free 40 Page eBook

Below I’ve provided a free 40 page, Night Sky Exploration & Adventure eBook Bundle, which will be sent directly to your email address as a PDF file. Included in the eBook is everything you will need to get started in Milky Way, Night Sky & Star Trail Photography + some great night sky hikes as well!

Included in the free eBook bundle are the following 5 eBooks

3 Tricks for Focusing at Night
5 Simple Steps to View & Photograph the Night Sky
Dave’s Top 10 Planning Tools for Photography & Hiking
Star / Night Photography Camera & Lens Recommendations
3 Great Hikes for Exploring the Night

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Star & Night Photography Tutorials & Tools

 

Dave’s Favorite Video Tutorials

 

General Photography Tutorials

 

 Reviews / Equipment

Discount Codes

I use tons of software when I process photos & two of my favorites are Topaz Labs or HDR Soft the Makers of Photomatix. If you would like a discount when purchasing either of these packages just use the coupon code DAVEMORROWPHOTO when checking out to receive 15% off:) You can also use the same coupon code over at Stuck in Customs to receive a 10% discount on any item.

Here are a few of the photos that I took and post processed using the skills taught above.
from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blogpost here --> http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/03/what-dreams-become-crater-lake-oregon.html from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blog post & sign up for my 2015 & 2016 Star Photography Workshop Mailing list -->http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/06/2015-2016-star-photography-workshop.htmlIn my opinion this is one of Mount Hood's most under rated vantage points, especially in the winter months. We arrived just after midnight as the rising moon was sitting low in the sky casting shadows and amazing light over most of the landscape.With a tall snow embankment on my left, the moon's light didn't touch the foreground but blazed it's light across the remainder of the landscape. Slight cloud cover gives a nice glow to the stars with Mount Hood looming in the background. When printed full size you can see the snow flakes sparkle in the light, but standing there it almost felt like there were small blinking lights covering the ground.This photo is composed of two shots ( same composition ), 1 at a short exposure time / high ISO to capture the stars without creating star trails. Another shot was taken at lower ISO and longer exposure time to capture the rest of the scene without generating as much noise. These two shots were taken seconds apart to capture what I saw that night. Fresh snow + night skies = Good times! from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blog post here --> http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/01/synesthesia-san-francisco-california.html from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blog post -->http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/05/painted-in-sky-lost-lake-oregon.htmlI've been wanting to get up to Lost Lake to shoot the Milky Way for a while now. After a few failed attempts in the past with clouds covering the sky I finally got a few shots I liked this past weekend.There were intermittent clouds, so I waited and waited and waited until the Mount Hood ( approx 11,000 feet ) and the Milky Way were visible to click off my shutter.In this photo I really wanted to convey the soft light and color tones that the stars leave on the water and surrounding landscapes when there is not much ambient city light to ruin the scene. After standing there long enough, and letting your eyes adjust, the stars twinkle brightly in the water.Thoughts, critique and comments always welcome!This is a single exposure processed in Lightroom & Photoshop. from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blog post here --> http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/12/naiads-ghost-spirit-falls-washington.html from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blog post here -->http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2013/11/spires-mount-rainier-washington.html From www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comRead the full blog post here --> http://www.davemorrowphotography.com/2014/03/solace-xingping-china.html from www.DaveMorrowPhotography.com read more at www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comfrom www.DaveMorrowPhotography.comCheck out my FREE Star Photography Tutorial  and  Star Photography Post Processing Video Tutorial  Ready to learn star photography? My summer star photography workshop schedule for 2014 is now up and running.Under the Stars Night Photography Workshops