Testing my New Sony Equipment
This is a very special photograph to me. This is the first photo that was taken with my new equipment from Sony. After 10 years shooting with Canon I finally switched to Sony. Just before Christmas I sold all Canon stuff and ordered Sony A6000 with 2 lenses: Sony 10-18 mm and Zeiss 16-70 mm lenses.
So far I love it. The size and the weight are unbelievable, I can keep my spare lens in the pocket, there is no reason to bring camera bag. Love the EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) but I still have to learn a lot. It is completely different animal compare to my old Canon.
Since a lot of people asked me for the reason I switched, I decided to put together dedicated post where I can try to explain myself.
For this particular image I used a bit unusual processing workflow. I tone mapped 2 separated HDR images in Photomatix: one is very warm and another much cooler, later I blended them together in Photoshop using luminosity masks.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 10-18
Focal Length: 10mm
Bracketing: 3 shots ( -2, 0, +2)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
PROCESSING: HDR PROCESSED IN PHOTOMATIX
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photomatix
Photomatix: I used 3 bracketed shots ( -2, 0, +2 ) to tone map 2 separate images with different Temperature values (warm and cold), 16-bit tiff image was exported to Lightroom. (check my tutorial Before & After – HDR With Photomatix)
Lightroom: straightening, cropping, export as PSD image
Photoshop: digital blending with luminosity masks, cleaning, contrast, vibrance
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise (sky mostly).
- I used Perfect Effects 9 from onOne Software enhance details and contrast. I used following filetes: Dynamic Contrast, Color Enhancer.