Creating the Image: Moon Fury – Patagonia, Argentina
|Before & After – Shown in Video Below|
The following photo editing video, and photoshop tutorial shows my start to finish post production process using luminosity masks, channels, levels and a wide variety of other adjustments.
I also provide commentary on the decisions made throughout the process and the thought process behind these decisions.
CLICK HERE & JUMP STRAIGHT TO THE VIDEO or scroll down to read the photography tips, which will provide a great foundation, while watching the video.
My goal in producing these videos is to take away assumption that Lightroom and Photoshop are overly complex & intimidating programs.
By learning and mastering the Photoshop basics of Curves, Levels, Color Balance, and Saturation, along with an understanding of masks and channels, you can perform nearly anything you want within the program.
Photoshop for beginners can seem very intimidating, but trust me, you can pick this stuff up quickly, by learning what you need, and throwing out the rest. I’m here to help with that:)
Here is a brief overview of the wide ranging topics we will cover in the following video:
Lightroom Photo Editing Topics:
- RAW File Conversion
- Global Color Balance
- Balancing luminance levels ( Exposure, Contrast Whites, Blacks and Highlights )
- Saturation / Vibrance
- Noise Reduction
- Exporting RAW Files
Photoshop Photo Editing Topics:
- Creation of Luminosity Channels using my Star Photography Photoshop Actions.
- Selection & adjustment of tonal & color ranges via luminosity channels, masks, levels and curves. This is the key selectively adjusting the image with precision and accuracy.
- Layer masking basics.
- Painting with the brush tool.
- Dodge & Burn techniques, and photography tips.
- Color contrast adjustment to provide image depth.
- Color balance adjustment.
- Adjusting light & color levels to provide depth and dynamic movement.
Backstory – About the Image
Although many shots of Mount Fitz Roy come from the exact same locations again and again and again, it’s surprisingly easy to capture more unique viewpoints from other tributaries that drain off the massif.
I spent my first 12 days, alone backpacking on some of the lesser traveled trails in this region of Argentina.
The 96% Moon lights the entire landscape, in this image, just downstream from the looming Fitz Roy Massif.
I was able to capture this scene while standing knee deep in the freezing cold waters of this stream which are fed by glaciers less than 2 miles West of where I stood.
Just hours before one of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen covered this landscape with a pink and orange glow. The sky, filled with lenticular clouds, was so saturated during sunset that it’s nearly impossible to edit the photos… I’m working on it tho!
Look closely at this scene and you’ll notice the lenticular clouds moving slowly through the sky over a long exposure time of 30 seconds. Small star trails also can be seen streaking behind the clouds.
After shooting this location for an hour or so we headed back to our tents which were right down the river in secluded grove of trees which provided a little bit of wind protection.
During the night the wind was so strong that my one man tent nearly folded flat on the ground with me inside. Good times!
Photo Editing Video – Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorial
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