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Jay’s interview with Adobe on the Spotlight


Great News:

Adobe published an interview with me on my favorite shooting techniques and Lightroom tools. Check it out at 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.

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