The before image was taken during the early morning hours under heavy fog conditions along Canal Street in New Orleans. The after image is the result of post-processing in Lightroom, Photoshop CC, and On1 Photo 10.
Gymnasium lighting is not the most conducive to capturing the fast paced action of indoor sports. Selecting an automatic function on your camera often results in blurry photos at best. Here are a few steps you can take to increase your chances of getting a sharp shot of the action:
1. Set your camera to manual (M).
2. Set your ISO to 800 or higher (likely higher depending on the ambient light in the gym).
3. Set your shutter speed to ~1/500.
4. Select a wide aperture (e.g., f/2.8, f/4.0, etc.).
It is easy to miss, but there is a great tool in Lightroom’s color adjustment panel that allows you to selectively enhance the color(s) at a specific point within in image. Rather than you having to adjust color sliders individually, the targeted adjustment tool (TAT) adjusts multiple colors at the same time to change the hue, saturation, or luminance while you drag the pointer within an image. Check out the brief video below for a quick demo.
Adobe Lightroom CC has a great tool, conveniently named “dehaze”, for removing haze from an image. The dehaze tool can also be used to add haze to an image, creating a mist or fog effect. While Photoshop is generally my go to platform for adding fog, the Lightroom dehaze tool provide a quick and easy method for adding a simple effect. Check out the video below for details.
With one simple trick, you can use Ligthroom’s print module to create a triptych from a single image. Here’s how: