Photography Portfolio - Day 2 - Mastering Adobe Photoshop Adjustment Layers - with a real construction photography image

Did I find the magic trick? The one golden tutorial that told me how to do the one thing I wanted to do?


It is not that simple.

Of course it isn't.

So I don’t have completed, polished image number one, so I am going to post the original, single (correct) exposure image today so you can see the starting point (and buy me some time to this sorted).

Here it is. Construction photography. One of my favourite things to do. Well is it architectural photography or construction photography? This is a bit of both. No matter.

Horndean Technology College, Hampshire. The building has recently undergone a major building refurbishment, having the external walls and roof completely replaced, and the internal space remodelled. There is also this fantastic external space.

This is the story I am trying to convey. And this image does that (well not this version of it).

This construction project was photographed for the architect, Kendall Kingscott

Unfortunately, I do not have before shots of the project.

Over the next few days I will try to explain how a flat RAW image is transformed into a bright, vibrant, technically correct portfolio image.

But lesson number 1 is

Layers are great.

Non-destructive editing. I have done some work to this shot, but not in a layer. And now I have to do it again. This time I will do it in a layer and save it as a PSD file.

Now you might be thinking - hang on - why do you not know everything about Photoshop?

well the answer is, no-one does. And I have managed to use Lightroom for the vast majority of my workflow since Lightroom 1 came out and I started using it, that Photoshop is something I call on for final cleaning up. Now I am progressing my editing skills to the next level.

But the basic principle remains - the less editing in Lightroom the better. And a great image might never see Photoshop!

But as a construction photographer I sometimes need to do a bit more editing work than I would say for a landscape, as there is the technical element to the finished image that has to be technically correct due to the subject matter and the client’s requirements.

Thanks for reading this post, and please call back tomorrow to see if I am making any progress!