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Presets: Desert

Alex Strohl

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21. Presets: Desert

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Presets: Desert

(soothing music) (shutter click) So this is a photo from the Empty Quarter. I redid my selects yesterday and I'm gonna make an edit and I'm gonna make preset for this conditions. So for presets, as I told you before, it's important to match them to conditions. A rainy day, snowy day is not gonna make a preset that works on a desert sunrise. It's not the same colors or type of light. So, I'm gonna get started with this one. When you go and save your preset after, you don't wanna save this white balance part. I'm just doing it now for my edit. Start it from zero. I wanna give it a bit more punch. Select quick play with the curves. Highlights here don't do much. It's very soft light, this is sunrise. I usually don't play with contrast at all. I mean already, we're pretty... We've got something going on. The desert, as I remember it, was a bit more orange, so, I'll try to get that back. Playing with HSL panel. We wanna be pretty careful, so it doesn't look like... It wasn't like that. Al...

right. I like this tool because it selects multiple colors at the same time. But I still like to play with this. And I know some people who only enter values here. Let's go, five. But, I like shooting way too much, so I don't wanna spend a tough time editing. So I try to go with the fastest solution. My highlights, they look a bit dull up there, lifeless. I wanna give them some life, they make a little, in there, cooler highlight. Lets see how it looks like. Not really. I wanna match that morning light. It was pretty purple that morning in the back. So pretty general with the adjustments. Yeah, shadows. And that's a lot, but you see where we're going with... Lets warm up these shadows, and the light was just so perfect that we can really tie in here with all the settings and don't miss anything. Profile corrections are usually, don't apply in there much unless it's a very vignette photo. Here, it's the zoom lens and it doesn't do much vignetting. So we leave that unticked. For a preset anyways, you don't wanna apply that, because every lens is different. So you don't wanna take that in your preset saving. Camera calibration, it's kinda like the same thing as the HSL. I don't touch it that much but, same, you know, you can achieve warmer or cooler blues. Sometimes I just like to give a bit more saturation here. And this works on this photo as orange. If you throw it on a landscape that's blue and cold, it might not work. So, keep that in mind. There's no one size fits all presets anyways. For my sharpening, discard default setting. Set something you wanna save in your preset, but I usually don't do much of it. Clarity, I can bring it down a bit, and then, I can bring it back up with a radio filter. And again, for a preset, I'm not save this radio filter. This is only on this edit. So we took some clarity away from the photo and now we'll bring it back a bit with sharpness and out subject here, that's the biker, Jewel. And, I think I can use a little bit exposure on this (mumbles). Just made it more clear. Overall, I like it. It's missing a bit of punch. Pretty happy about it. This is a photo that doesn't require too much editing. It's kinda like a snowy landscape, because it's all the same color. So, very specific preset for this. So now, I go ahead. I'm happy with it. Will give it a little, again, this doesn't apply to a preset. It's just for this edit, you know, just to show the feature. We'll give it a gradient filter. I don't like these grayish highlight here. It's grayish sky. Might just blow it up a bit. And even going to add some negative de-haze, just make them a little more abstract in the back. Just again, to focus the attention on this area here. That's what I want people to look at. We wanna, maybe cool it down a bit. Yeah. And tie it up, and... Sometimes I just give it big increases, see what really happens. Now it looks like it's almost gray. You know, I like to check the real color on the white. There's gotta be a difference, you know, sometimes, the photo kinda loses itself in the white, and that means you lost all the information. Here, looking pretty good. Alright, lets go ahead and save this preset. We'll call it Empty Quarter and, I like to give what the time of day was, and this was a morning, am, like here you see I have am, am2, am, sunrise,. There's always a time context with it. If I go apply to a different photo, at least I know the time it was. So white balance, I untick. Auto tone, I don't wanna tick. Tone curve, keep. This I keep. These I don't keep. I don't keep the lens correction. I don't wanna keep this. Calibration, I'll keep. And, we're in good shape. Empty Quarter is done. That was it. How hard was it? Took what, five minutes? I got a preset. I don't need to use anybody else. So now, we're gonna see, how successful this preset is on the set. You are the superpowerful to get you through the set quickly. You can either use the preset or just copy, you know, copy the settings of your edit. And here, I don't keep the white balance but, this is how I have my copies usually. And I can sometimes have these two. So that's another way to do the preset. This is, you copy and paste your edit. And you see the white balance, you gotta change it manually because, (mumbles) choose it on the whole set. But, let's just say now, we're gonna do that. We have our preset ready, and we want to try it on a photo from the set. That's you know, similar time of day, may be some camels. Let's try, no, no, no. Any of these really. Let's try this one. Wow, it's a brilliant one. And this one's good. Alright. So this is gonna be different. This, we're facing the sun. The other one, we were back towards the sun. Oh man, it's all blurry. Good. Alright. So let's try it. I like it. A little too purple. Because we're facing the sun here, so light's a little warmer. I wanna straighten, can't stand it when it's not straight. Alright, that's better. We set our white balance... That's looking more natural. So this here has a lot of vignette, because it's the different lens, 16x35. And it just vignette's a lot. So sundowns, I think this is too much, you know. So, I've keep some of my natural vignette here, adjust my vignetting. Now you get something like this. So now this feels a little cool. Warm it up a bit. Work with my hues to bring the orange. Sluckily. Want it to be natural. And, see here, cuz we're facing the sun, so harsher. Just working with my blacks. Fade them a little bit. Done. So now, what you can do, you know, that's the way presets work I think. You can go ahead call this one Empty Quarter am2, cuz you know, you made modes to it. I like the way presets evolve. And now I know this one is for my backlight sun, and this one is when facing the sun. Gets me quicker through the edit. And then, when I'm done, I can delete one of them. I keep my favorite usually. That's why I'm able to make tons of presets and I delete them as I go. Alright, so that's it for this preset in this context. No we're gonna do a preset in a different context. In Iceland. Let's go. (chiming music)

Class Description

Alex Strohl brings his Adventure Photography Workshop to CreativeLive to explain his approach to photography, editing and the sometimes overwhelming but super important business side of things. In this workshop- Alex takes you on a journey through his shooting process, developing your own style, editing your images and then strategies to get yourself noticed and grow your career.

You’ll learn:

  • Basics of camera techniques and making memorable images
  • Developing your own workflow and style
  • Getting noticed and working with brands
  • Taking action to accelerate your career

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David Corrochano

There's a lot of useful information on how to start up your bussiness or your carreer as a photographer. Great advices, he shows his personal workflow, from the beggining of a shooting till the end. That was what I was looking for. The editing process maybe could be reduced in only one chapter. Worth it.