Atlanta Digital Photography Workshop Wrap-up: Making Images in Yesteryear

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. HDR image created in Nik HDR Efex Pro. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. HDR image created in Nik HDR Efex Pro. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

Last week at this time I was leading my Atlanta digital photography workshop with my good friend/excellent photographer/Lightroom master Glenn Taylor. We brought our talented workshop participants to two cool locations around Atlanta, Georgia: The South East Railway Museum and Old Car City. These locations are simply amazing for photography - especially HDR photography.

Although we were using the latest digital SLRs (I shot with my Canon 5D Mark III) and current versions of Photoshop and Lightroom, I felt as though I shooting back in time - in yesteryear.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 15mm lens. HDR image created in Nik HDR Efex Pro. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 15mm lens. HDR image created in Nik HDR Efex Pro. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

The workshops was so rewarding that Glenn and I have already set the dates for our 2014 Atlanta workshop. Info on my 2014 Workshops page.

For now, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite images from the shoot.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

I removed some of the reality from my images in this post either by using a fish-eye lens, by altering the true color of a scene, by shooting HDR, by selectively blurring parts of an image - or by using a combination of all three techniques.

When we remove some of the reality from a photograph, the photograph can - but not always - look more artistic. Photoshop, Lightroom and plug-ins make creating artistic images relatively easy - if you have a creative vision.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70mm lens. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 24-70mm lens. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

On my workshops I stress light and composition, the topics of my two latest classes on Kelby Training. The picture above of our model Hanna illustrates the benefits of shooting on an overcast day, when contrast is low. It also illustrates creative composition: shooting at an angle creates a sense of depth in an image, the Bel Air insignia adds a sense of place to the image, and shooting at eye level helps the viewer of the photograph relate to the subject.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

Another element of photography we talk about on my workshops is the importance of cropping. In the above photograph, the extremely tight crop (I know it's extreme) emphasizes the fins and tail lights of this cool Caddy.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm lens. Effects added with Nik Color Effects Pro. Several Photoshop CS6 enhancements.

Yes, the railway cars and old automobiles were awesome subjects. But hey, I especially enjoy photographing people on location. That is why I was so glad we had a great model. Thank you Hanna for doing such a wonderful job.

As you can see by reading the captions in this post, I did not use a ton of gear on this shoot: one Canon 5D Mark III camera body, three Canon lenses and a travel tripod. As usual, I like to keep it simple, and I recommend keeping it simple when you shoot. 

All my gear is listed on My Gear page - where you can find great prices on cameras and lenses.

When it comes to plug-ins, they can help you awaken the artist within. Check out the ones I use on my Save on Plug-ins page.

I hope to see you on a workshop - where we not only make good pictures, but where we also have a ton of fun. If you can't wait until 2014, there are spots open on a few of my 2013 workshops.

And speaking of making good pictures, check out some of the workshop participants images here.

Explore the light,
Rick

P.S. The opening image for this post is my favorite from the shoot. See what people are saying about it over on Google+.

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