What You Will Need:
A Raw Shooting Camera (see my list of Affordable Raw Shooting Cameras, or The Benefits of Shooting in Raw.)Part 1.) Taking the photos This is the most important part of this tutorial, because you're going to need to have more than one version of the same image using various settings on your camera. This is a prime example of one of my free exclusive gimp lessons about "developing your photo-editor vision," that you get for subscribing to my email list. First off, I took my "base photo," focusing on getting the majority of the image to expose. Here is what I did.
- I set my tripod up, and framed in the shot with my camera
- I turned my ISO to the lowest possible setting, and set my camera to shutter priority
- I adjusted the shutter speed down until I got a reasonably good exposure, referring to my histogram for reference
- Once I found a good exposure, I set my camera to fire after 10 seconds, so that I wasn't touching the camera when it fired the shot
|This shot exposed nice, but the waterfall's fast motion made the waterfall blur.|
|You can't quite tell in this version, but the higher ISO setting made this image very grainy, but we don't care - all we want is the waterfall.|
The remainder of this lesson is in a gimp video tutorial. Enjoy!
The Nature Hiking Photography Checklist.
Aperture, ISO, and Shutter speed explained.
Layer Masks Explained
The Benefits of Shooting in Raw