Tip of the Day – Twilight recovery

Tip of the Day – Twilight recovery

Image 5 of 5 of Dutchie’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions

Last post of the series, so it’s time for a “before and after” today!

Twilight images can be really beautiful, but they generally need some time put into the editing process to take them from what the camera captures, to how you remember the scene with your eyes.

When shooting twilight images, I usually deliberately underexpose the subject (exposing instead for the sky) so I don’t lose any of the highlight detail and colour in the sky. When editing the RAW image in Lightroom, I use the Shadows and Darks sliders to lighten the dark areas and bring back the detail to the subject by sliding to the right, while sliding the Highlights to the left to darken them.

Straight out of camera (SOOC) the image will usually be quite cold (blue), unless you’ve set a custom white balance or shot on something other than auto White Balance. So warming up the image also helps to bring out those warmer pastel tones.

If you want to see an editing tutorial of this image – please comment and let me know and I will add it to my list!

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II @ 24mm, ISO 1250, 1/1000 sec, f/2.8

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