Adobe published an interview with me on my favorite shooting techniques and Lightroom tools. Check it out at photoshop.com in the Spotlights section. Here’s an excerpt from the interview in which I talk about the Lightroom and Photoshop techniques I used to create my award-winning “Ghosts” photograph.
Showcasing stunning locations
For some of his most stunning landscape and architectural photography, San Francisco Bay Area-based photographer Jay Graham strays no further than his own proverbial backyard.
I started doing a series on Angel Island a couple of years ago. I’d kayak from Sausalito to the far side of Angel Island. I’d leave Sausalito about an hour before sunrise so that I could be in the old, abandoned hospital taking advantage of the low-angle light flooding in just after sunrise.
For the Ghosts shot I had the camera on a tripod and took multiple exposures using the self timer on the camera. I positioned myself in different areas of the shot for each exposure. When I got back to the studio I selected three different images, did preliminary exposure, contrast, and correction adjustments in Lightroom and then sent them to Photoshop. I blended them together in Photoshop and then went back to Lightroom to finalize the final composite. I used one of the presets in Lightroom to give it a cool blue look. It won third place in the International Photography Awards (IPA) contest in the historical architecture category.
To learn more about Lightroom and shooting on location, take a closer look at the Mendocino Workshop coming October 28, 29, and 30, 2011.