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on Jun 20, 2019 in WRP Ed Zone

1/2 Stop Makes a Huge Difference!

“Wendy Mae” 450 Stearman
captured by Z7 / Z24-70f2.8

It was a gorgeous night! While I was there to take Ryan’s portrait, I couldn’t ignore “Wendy Mae”. The Z7 / Z24-70f2.8 was already pointed her direction, I just had to move Ryan out of the way, focus and shoot. Except, she had no light on her. She needed that extra 1/2 stop!

“Wendy Mae” needed the 1/2 stop, not the whole photograph. As you can see comparing the two photos how she pops with that extra 1/2 stop of light. How do you give her that light and not the whole scene? Actually, it’s really darn simple and takes just a heartbeat to do. I’ve already quickly selected the aircraft and run my High Pass Action (it’s all here on my KelbyOne class). I then hold down Cmd / Ctrl and click on the layer I just created which selects the aircraft again, go to Adjustments and brighten the aircraft by 1/2 stop. So, I moved Ryan out, went click, moved Ryan back in and kept on with the portrait session without missing a beat. Knowing this simple technique, it was easy to make the pic cause 1/2 stop makes a huge difference!

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