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Romeo + Juliet

romeo and juliet

1/125 . f/5.6 . ISO 800 . 60 mm

This shot is of a Romeo and Juliet sculpture in Central Park near the Delecorte Theatre. The theatre shows free Shakespeare plays in the summer. I thought looked particularly nice in black and white.

The vignetting effect on this shot was done using the Post-Crop vignetting panel in lightroom. There are actually two areas that control vignetting in lightroom. The first is under Lens Corrections. This area is more designed to correct for natural vignetting that occurs from lens imperfections. This type of imperfection will of course only show on the corners of your shot, and will disappear if you crop off the corners. Therefore, if you crop your shot, these lens correction vignetting adjustments will not “travel” with your crop.

Because people started using vignetting as an artistic effect, Adobe added the Post-Crop Vignetting panel under Effects. Like the name says, the vignetting here will be maintained on any crop of your photo. There are various styles of vignetting that you can do here and you can experiment with them yourself.

Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.

Sun setting on a city church

1/500s . f/4 . ISO 100 . 50 mm

Not too long ago (before 2008), in order to get this shot with an SLR, one had to look through the glass viewfinder. Now I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy looking directly at the sun, it’s not so good for your eyes.

If I’m shooting directly (or semi-directly) at the sun like this, I’ll try to use the LCD to compose my shot to avoid looking at the sun.

Another tip for these shots is that usually the sun will make the shot very hazy, but that is just the nature of the beast. In order to rectify this, I use high contrast and the blacks slider in Lightroom.

Two Girls, One Cab

Two girls, One Cab (Location Unknown, NYC)

1/30s . f/5.6 . ISO 1600 . 18 mm

Here is a fun shot of two girls in a cab at night.  I was able to get this motion blur by setting my camera for “second curtain flash” using my camera’s on-board flash (look at your camera’s instructions to access this setting).

A good explanation of the mechanics of 2nd curtain flash is found at this article at Digital Photography School.  By using a slower shutter speed AND the 2nd curtain flash, you effectively get two shutter speeds.  The foreground (in this shot, the cab) will be frozen while the background will be blurred.  To get the motion effect, I also used a panning technique here.  A lot of photographers try to avoid the on-board flash like the plague because it usually looks poor, but it CAN be used artistically.

Through The Trees

50mm| 1/800 | f/2.8 | ISO 200


This shot was taken at Union Square. I removed most of the colors but left the oranges, and yellows. I think it looks interesting like that. This shot was completely post-processed within Lightroom. I try to avoid Photoshop when I can.

Sunset between 2 buildings

1/200s . f/10.0 . ISO 200 . 35 mm

I highly recommend taking the sunset harbor cruise by Circle Line.  You can get some beautiful shots like this one.  I spent a good amount of time in Lightroom recovering some of the lost detail in the original image.  With a jpeg file this would have been image would be a no-go, but the raw file saved the day.  This is where having an advanced camera will truly come in handy.

Back of Liberty

Back of Liberty

Here is one of my favorite black and whites, because nobody ever takes a picture of the BACK.  I mean we could go our whole lives without knowing what the back of the Statue of Liberty looks like.  Luckily, now you won’t have this issue.

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