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From RAW to Final: Image by Kristofer Schofield!

Hello everyone,

Today I want to share with you another 'From RAW to Final' image story.

I taught a workshop in Calgary, Alberta, about 2 weeks ago and one of the students, Kristofer Schofield, showed me this image he had taken after completing a workshop with me last August. I was so impressed with what I saw that I couldn't resist asking Kris if I could feature this image on my blog. He agreed.

It's great and very rewarding to see my students do great work. I know Kris has worked very hard ever since he took that first workshop with me last year. He's worked on his shooting and camera techniques, and also travelled countless kilometers to find great locations, too. He's devoted serious time and effort to his photography, and this is but one of his images where his hard work really shows!

If you like the final image below, please make sure to visit Kris's website and 500px.com site.

Here you can see more of his excellent work. Links are as follows:

To start off, here's an iPhone shot that shows a behind-the-scenes look of Kris's shooting setup:

I love the leaning barns, a great location for long exposure work. Note the definition in the clouds that day. Only a bit of blue sky is showing.

This is the RAW file as Kris shot it. Notice the strong magenta color cast which is caused by the ND filters.

Exposure was 150 seconds @ F6.3. ISO 160. 16 stops of ND filters. Note how Kris managed to keep highlight details in the sky, nothing is blown out or lost.

Here is the final shot. Kris used Nik's Silver Efex and Lighroom 3 to achieve this look. I really dig the definition in the sky, with highlights close to the roof of the barn. Fantastic. Also love the door on teh barn, almost ready to fall off its hinges.

Kris included lots of negative space and a strong vignette, all to help focus the viewer's eye to the barn.

When we met up in Calgary, I had a chance to make a print of this image for Kris, using an Epson 3800 printer. I opened this image in Photoshop, and made a few more changes in order to get the best print possible. I have just completed a short video showcasing my workflow and adjustments using Photoshop CS5.

Please have a look. Kris's image did not need much, but a few small but targeted tweaks made the print of it just that little bit better:


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Reader Comments (3)

An amazing final image and nice to see the sequence of steps from set-up to final retouching in Photoshop. You mentioned you printed on two different papers. I'm curious which papers were used and thoughts on which print/paper conveyed the mood best. Again, nice job Kristofer and enjoyed the commentary Marc.

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne Scherf

Nice video Marc! Great to get an insight into your print workflow.

March 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustin Morrison

Awesome shot, where is the location Marc?

June 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoash krishna

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