Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Golden Hours: Photographing the Light of Sunrises and Sunsets

Golden Hours: Photographing the Light of Sunrises and Sunsets is an eBook written by Christopher O'Donnell, a leading landscape photographer from Maine, New England aimed to help guide photographers through the unique challenges that this light presents. (Get 50% off if ordered by 10th May)

Many photographers will often note that their sunrise and sunset images rarely represent the scene they observed. By detailing the specific steps of his creative workflow, both in the field and in the digital darkroom, Christopher details how to successfully translate what your eyes see during one of the most challenging times of day to photograph, and be able to represent that experience visually by using a combination of camera and processing techniques. 

This eBook will allow you to transcend the disparity between what you see and your results, allowing you to create realistic, vibrant images of this beautiful light.

The “golden hours” refer to the window of time when the sun is at its lowest point in the sky, just before it sets or right after it rises. As the sun nears the horizon, the light begins to dramatically transform the landscape before you. The atmosphere becomes thick and golden, shadows are lengthened, and highlights are brightened. Soon your scene develops texture, depth, and becomes a stunning show of light. It’s a highly-coveted time to photograph the landscape, but is also challenging to many photographers as the uniqueness of this light requires a specialized workflow to capture.

In this 179 page eBook, you will find detailed solutions to the challenges this light presents – from compositions to exposure difficulties – so you can begin to photograph the golden hours with confidence and accuracy. With this new knowledge, you can focus on enjoying your photography while expanding your creative horizons.

Exposure Blending: The Complete Guide from Camera to Process
Also included with this eBook is an additional guide on exposure blending – the post processing technique Christopher uses to create his golden hour images in the digital darkroom. In this step-by-step guide, he discusses the entire process of exposure blending – from auto-bracketing in the field, to combining different exposures in post process.

Exposure blending is an innovative way to combine different exposures within the same image, which is often needed when photographing the golden hours. He dedicates over 70 full-page spreads to this subject, explaining how to photograph a scene for exposure blending, and then how to import these files into Photoshop (with screenshots) for blending to create the final image. Christopher also discuss how to create luminosity masks, which is an innovative way to combine multiple exposures together for a seamless, natural blend.


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