Cityscapes Edit

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Here's another cityscape image. I shot this from the top of the parking garage in Miami Beach, Florida. Now as you can see, there's a lot going on in this photo. landscape photography and cityscape photography are pretty similar except cityscape photography is a little bit easier to compose only because you have so much going on. You have buildings you have streets you have light streaks, and you have obviously the elements. So here as you can see, I use the the street and I also use the cars going by to create my composition.

So this is your I immediately comes from the corner and from the bottom man and it goes into the horizon into this beautiful skyline. Also I have used the sky and the clouds to create More leading lines into the skyline. So I positioned myself in this side of the bridge because I wanted to create the fact that this was coming out of kind of coming out of the corner because I want so you're always wanting eyes, your eyes or your viewers eyes to fall into the bottom of the photo. So here, I wanted this to come in from this corner and start guiding me and same with the bottom. I wanted the eyes to fall into this red spot right here and start wandering into the photo. Same with this corner I wanted the the viewer to just go in here and start going into this street into the photo.

So all of this was very well thought out and I did move I did shoot it from around this angle and I shot it from around this angle, but nothing compose the photo better than from here. I just really liked this bottom line and I really liked how this curve walks you slowly into this photograph. So your eye just slowly goes in here into this dramatic amazing cityscape. Same with the same with the sky. As you can see the clouds were coming this way. I shot it from a different angle where it literally the clouds were going sideways and it just didn't work for me for that reason.

So I made sure to match my clouds with my street and my streaks my light streaks to make sure that all all wandering eyes were coming into this photograph. Let's look at the camera settings. So the camera settings is 30 seconds. A 25 is my f stop. And my ISO is 100 This was shot on a little tripod, and like they said I was on top of the parking garage Let's get rid of this. And let's get started.

So again, first things first, the strain on my horizon. I noticed that right off the bat. So I just come to my Crop Tool over here. And I straighten it out like that. That looks really nice. I'm happy with that.

Perfect. So now my technique for cityscape photography, as you saw in the last video, is also the same as my landscape photography. So by repeating this so much over the years, and over time, I developed this pattern and this style of editing that works for me and gives my photos that signature look. So let's open up our shadows, first name in this photo. Now instead of my landscapes with the cityscapes since there's so lit up down here, we're actually opening up the sky, because in my seat, let me reset that because in my series scape photos, I'm also exposing for the, for the brightest spot in the sky, that doesn't change, my exposure is still going to be the same. What does change is all this street light.

And so with all this street light, it's gonna obviously light up your foreground or whatever the composition may be in this case is the foreground. So what's now dark is my sky. So by opening up my shadows, I'm opening up that sky. So as you can see, my shooting is still the same, my editing still the same, but what has changed is the lighting of the photo within itself due to the street lights in, the more cityscapes you do, you will know exactly what I'm talking about. And again, use this pattern of repetition to create your own style and your own visual story. So we open up the shadows all the way and I think that looks really good as you can See immediately changed the photo, I made a kind of dole to from kind of door to door immediately.

Very cool looking with this clouds. Now we're going to bring up the contrast. And as you can see, just gives it a little bit of punch. And this is again, this is the same thing I would be doing in my landscape photos. But what changes here is you have all this light, all this artificial light, which is the cars, the city lights, the sky, you know, all this fake lights created by us, instead of just the natural light created by the earth. I'm still trying to create, you know, compose a visual story and kind of give you that feel that you were there like you're standing in this busy city in this craziness, and you're walking right into it.

So after I bring up my contrast, I immediately see that this could be a little a little happier, a little brighter, so I'm going to To bring up my vibrance and I think that looks really nice right about there maybe even a little more. Right about there are blues just became really blue. And our reds became nice and red. Just richer. Now let's focus on this orange back here. So what I want to do is bring up my temperature, warm it up a little bit.

And look at that orange. Looks cool, right? So let me show you before and after. Let's reset it. There's before and just a little bit there. Southard gives it that I don't want to give too much, but it kind of brought the orange out a little more.

So that's pretty good. Now this thing is bugging me. I don't know if it's a star or what is it but it's something so let's get rid of that. I zoom in with my Spot Removal Tool. And I will clone that out of there. I'm still on the heel.

Close out. That looks really good. So matter that and that looks pretty nice. All right. So right away, I changed the image quite a bit. Now to turn this streetlights Street, this streaks down a little bit, we're going to use our highlights.

So again, same premise or third landscape photography, except you have the lights here, so they just see what just happened. So you went from, from them being really, really bright, to just kind of defining those slides. So now you can see the nice pattern of lights individually. So I think that looks really nice. Let's click our white key to see before and after. So there's before and there's after.

So we'll just brightening it up a little bit and cleaning it up. It's nothing super dramatic. Since our settings were really good to begin with, but it looks really nice. So I'll click out of that. Now what I want to do is I want to grab a graduated filter. And I'm gonna draw it from my sky.

Right about there. And now our exposures pretty high. So we'll turn that down a little bit. And I think that looks cool. Look at those clouds. I mean, that just changed the whole entire look of this clouds.

How cool is that? That looks really, really nice. So now, I'm pretty happy. I mean, this could be a completed image. Let's see before and after. There's before and there's after.

So we're basically just bringing out the colors, redefining the edges a little bit, and just making it a little more pleasing to the eye a little less flat, more dimensional. So that looks really nice. Let's get out of that. Now, I'm not going to touch the whites or the blacks. Again, I rarely touch those. If you want to experiment with your own photos with them, please feel free to do so.

I don't think you need them every time But you certainly can. I don't think it's going to do anything for me in this particular image. But what I do want to do is I want to use another local adjustment. So I will click on this, let me close my basic panel. I will click on my local adjustment. And now I'm going to draw an oval right across my city, my horizon, this exposure was already up to reset it, you press the exposure twice or the effect or twice.

And now we're just going to bring this up just a tad. I just want to brighten up the city a little bit. And I also want to warm it up so that orange comes out a little better. So right about there and maybe even bring this out a little bit. So let's see before and after. Before, after.

Before, after. So it's just a very subtle hint of orange. I'm pulling on this on this on the city. Because the Sunset from there and that's what you're seeing is the glow of the Sun that's already set for about half hour. But you can still see a little bit. And that looks really nice.

Now if you want to sharpen his buildings, you can bring up the sharpness on here just to tap. I don't think you need it. But for the sake of the tutorial, let's do that. That's close to that. And I think that looks really good. Now we can come to lens corrections will remove chromatic aberration will enable profile corrections.

I don't think you need it. There's before, after, before, after. Ah, I could go either way. Let's leave it. Okay, let's leave it on. That looks good.

And now we're going to come to the facts and give it a tiny little vignette. Basically, I'm trying to close out this noise right here and discourse a little bit. So we can do it this way. Like that. Or let me read That, if you want to do this manually, you can certainly do that. Let's close this effects tab out, we want to come to our adjustment brush.

And here we'll click on that will reset all our sliders, and that will bring the exposure down. That's maybe my A minus one. Now we're going to draw our circle right about there. And we can just start drawing on this corners to close this down a little bit. And maybe right there. And maybe right there.

Now just want to subtle subtle hints, nothing too crazy. So now we can close this down a little more. And now click the O key to see what you just did. And so you just want very little hands, nothing too crazy. The more you draw, the more the more it's going to change but I just wanted to close on the image. just a tad nothing too crazy.

And what this does, it helps the the viewer helps the eye fall right into the middle. So I'm gonna take the okey out. Let me show you before and after. Before. After that looks good, except I don't like my left corner. I think I made a mistake here.

So I'll erase that. I will come and click on this erase word. And I also don't like this other raise that maybe I went over, I write here too much and maybe just the outside of this, but I think that looks really nice. So I will click Close. And let's see before and after. So look at that.

Not a whole lot of edits, but just enough edits to give this photo, just some bright life. colors. Again cityscapes to me are a little bit easier to shoot because you got a lot going on so you have more angles to play with as far as composition and also, you can use this license streets To create some stunning, stunning compositions to tell a better story. So now let's click on our detail panel to finish things off. And we will sharpen this to about 6070. Like I usually like to do.

Now our masking, hold down the Option key. And we'll just turn that down a little bit. Very good. They go oh that and that's pretty awesome. Now I did notice when I was doing that some either sensor spots or stars when you do night photography like this, most likely there are going to be stars in there, these little dots and I believe that our stars, you can remove them or you can leave them. Either way.

Your photos still going to be really really cool. But you will find that most of the time this are stars and not sensor spots. So be careful what you're doing and what you're looking for. But I think that's a completed image guys. So again, very subtle, subtle edits, very little hints of stuff to bring this image to life before and after. And there you have it, very pleased with this photo.

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