So in this photo, I want to show you how you can take something not as dramatic and not as as crazy like with a lot of clouds and a lot going on and still make it a really interesting, really beautiful photo. So I shot this year in Miami, and you know, I was hoping for the the most dramatic clouds you could ever imagine. Of course, I did not get that this particular morning. This was a sunrise. And that's very common. When you go out and shoot, you're not always going to get everything you want.
So your photos can be just amazing. So you have to work with what you're given and you have to try to create interesting compositions. Now this composition, let me open up my exposure just so I can explain the composition. So in this composition, I wanted to use not only these palm trees, but also the reflections too, as leading lines to bring the viewer into the photograph. Now here I have three main leading lines, number one, number two, and number three, or vice versa. So by using these three leading lines in each side, I can guide the viewer into the amazing sunrise and the beautiful sun and I created the sun, I made it as my main focal point in the horizon.
I know there wasn't going to be any clouds. I knew this was going to be a quite a boring image if I didn't put a subject in front of it, such as the sun before it rose. So I waited till the sun rose, and this is what I came up with. Now let me bring the exposure back to normal. Now, again, I always expose for my lightest part of the photograph. In this case, it was the sun, so I expose for the sun.
And now let me show you the camera settings. So it's one 100 Have a second FAA teen ISO 100. Now I shot this at F 18. So I could get this Starburst effect in the sun. That was my main point because this is my focal point. And I really really, really wanted to capture that.
Now, by exposing for the sun for my lightest part of the photo, everything else becomes really dark and that's okay. Let me get rid of the settings by pressing the I key and let's get started. So first things first I want to open up the shadows and as you can see immediately I am immediately able to see the reflections in the water. At this point, I want to bring up my contrast and as you can see, it makes the image drum more dramatic right off the bat. I want to bring up the exposure just attaches so I can see a little bit more but that also brightened up my son. So let me bring out the highlights.
Just a tad I think that looks really good. So right off the bat, we opened up the shadows we lowered the highlights and brought up the exposure a little bit. And as you can see our palm trees are more defined, our leading lines are more defined and our saw our sun our point of interest, our subject is more defined. So I want to come back to my vibrance, and I'll just bring it up. So as you can see, when I bring this up, everything becomes really colorful and immediately a lot more interesting, which is exactly what I want. Now, now that I'm here, let me just get rid of this sensor spots right here, this dust spots.
So click on my Spot Removal Tool right here. I'll make sure it's on heal. And I'll just go over them real quick. If you have trouble seeing them, just click your visualize spots down here. And this will bring up your, your sensor spots as you can see that all look Like donuts, and that is a sensor spot. So we'll just get rid of that.
And that looks really nice. There's a very small one down here, and maybe one right there. And now we'll click Done. And I have a clean image. So that looks really, really nice right off the bat didn't have to do a lot to it. And it already looks a lot better.
Now, let me come down to my profile corrections or remove the chromatic aberration, and I'll enable my profile corrections. So it didn't really do a lot, it opened it up, it opened up the sights a little bit and I like it. So I'm going to leave it I think that works for this image. So right off the bat, I have a really, really cool image, but it's still not quite what I want. Let me press before and after. So we can see.
There's before and there's after. So you can publish it like this and it's it's a beautiful image. Really nice, but there's a lot more you can do. Let me click the Y key and get out of there. So first things first, I want to bring the bring out this, this palm trees a little bit. So I'm going to use a Radial Filter.
And I'm going to draw on the palm trees drawn over on the palm trees. So I will bring this over right over the palm trees. And then bring these exposure up just a tad. And you can drag that down if you want and see what you can even strain it out and bring it out this way, and then get a little more, get a little more out of it. So now I want to do the exact same exact thing on this side. And go right there.
And I think that looks good. Maybe brighten this side up a tad. Remember, we press our o key and it'll show us what we're lightening up. So I think that looks pretty even. So let me close out of that. Look at that quite a difference, right?
Well, I'm not quite done just yet. The image is dramatic, it looks good, but I want to bring it bring a little more drama to it. So there are a few things I can do. Now this morning, the sun, the sky was very, very blue. Now there's a trick if you want to make it a little purple, you can bring your magenta up just a tad and that'll just tented a little bit. Now, this looks a little bit darker, a little richer, and it's got a nice little purple tend to it.
Now you don't have to do that, but I think he makes the image a little more interesting. Now, again, we wish this was covered in clouds, but it isn't it's still a really clean image and a beautiful one. So I think that looks really nice. Now if we bring the template You're up a bit, it will bring out our orange look at that glow in the orange. I think that looks really really good. Look at that.
So now this clicker before and after. Look at that quite a difference right off the bat. Now let's get out of there. And now I want to bring my vibrance up just a tad more, I want to exaggerate the colors just a little bit more, not too much. I think for this particular image, it works. And I think that looks good right about there.
Now I want to do another local adjustment and I that's going to be with my adjustment brush right here. Let me close this basic panel so we don't get confused. And I'll bring this up just a tad maybe like a 33 a plus 33. And then I'll just start brushing in this shadows right here. If that's not doing a lot, you can always adjust it accordingly. And that's too much, maybe let me reset that.
I just want a slightly slightly bring that out. And now what this is going to do, this is going to help the eyes drop in here and follow these leading lines into the sun. You don't have to do this, but I think it really helps. It's a very subtle change in helping the viewer inviting him into the photo. And I think that looks really good. Now close out of that.
Now, I think for this particular image, we can come to the effects tab, the effects panel, and I think vignette is okay for this image. Now what that's doing is simply closing out the sky and the water and making this horizon this palm trees and of course, the sun our main focal point. So let me open that up quite a bit right about there. And I think that looks really Nice. Now I just saw a couple of more arm sensor spots. So I'm going to take, take care of them right away.
Here's one right here, and there's one right here. So I'll zoom in, I'll click on my sensor Spot Removal. Now click on that. That should take care of it. Very good. And same with this one.
Maybe you draw right on there. That should take care of that. Very good. Now close out of that. Zoom out. Very nice.
Now it's very important that you always take care of this spot while you see him because if you say I'll come back and do it later, you will probably forget because you'll get sidetracked doing some other some other thing. So but all in all, I think this image looks really really nice. I think they will achieve what we wanted. So we created something very interesting. I'd have a not very interesting photo of sky. In fact, Other people that were here, were kind of disappointed and they got up and left instead of waiting out the sunrise and I think this is a really, really nice image.
So always, you know, put your creative, creative foot forward and work with what you have and try to make that image interesting. Again, I made this my focal point. And I made sure to include this palm trees in these reflections in my composition by using them using what was given to me as leading lines into this beautiful sunrise. Now, one last thing I want to do, even though I think this is finished, let me just show you before and after. There's before and there's after beautiful image, I think it's amazing. Let me get out of there.
You can come, come down here tore a local adjustment, and we'll use a graduated filter. And we're just going to bring it down here and the sky a little bit. It'd be right about there. And that will brighten it out a little bit. And now I want to paint it a little more blue. And I will do that by using my temperature dial my temperature slider here and bringing it to the left a little bit.
And I think that looks really, really nice. Let me show you before and after what I just did before, after before. After, I'll click Done. As you can see, it simply just made this bluer it made my sky bluer, it made just a little more crisp and a little more nicer and more appealing to the viewer to see before and after one more time. And there you have it, a beautiful image created really, with very little to work with as far as elements go. So remember, it's always good to, you know, get creative.
Don't leave before before it's really over. I waited out the sunrise and I think this this came up beautiful, very very pleased with it.