Learning new things

Beginning of the year is always the time, when I find the need to improve my editing skills. So as every year I go through video tutorials from my favorite photographers and then try to implement what I learned. To tell the truth, I often don’t see much new what I haven’t seen before (I been doing this for a while now :)). Still, it’s great for some inspiration.

And if you need some, here is a list of tutorials that I would suggest.

Quickly approaching rain over Paris

For today, I edited a photo I took already few years ago. This one is from the top of the Eiffel tower in Paris. That day, right as the sun went down, it started raining. The rain movied towards us from the direction of the sunset. It really made for a very spectacular view. Good that the 5D mark II I used at that time is a weather-sealed camera. I could just take photos without the need to hide from the rain.

For this photo, I took 10 exposures. 5 normal and 5 with my hand in front of the sun. I needed the second set to get rid of the lens flares (you can learn on how to remove lens flares here). In the end I used I exposure for the base, one for the sky, and two from the ones where my hand shaded the sun.

And if you are curious, I’m including a before after shot to the side. You can see how the 0EV exposure looked like and how the final shot turned out after about 30 layers of tweaks in Photoshop :)

Quickly approaching rain over Paris, France