Achieving the Image you want

Achieving the Image you want by Simon • 04/05/2014 On my blog today will be: Achieving the Image you want Have you ever passed a interesting subject whilst out and about or […]

Achieving the Image you want

by  • 04/05/2014

On my blog today will be:

Achieving the Image you want

Have you ever passed a interesting subject whilst out and about or maybe had a plan to photograph something, however had a vision of what you wanted it look like as a final image, As a photographer it’s something we all would like to do, however more often than not we take what we feel could be a reasonably good image then have the vision once in post processing, But just now and again we see something in an interesting subject and we have the vision of the final post processed image in our head.

It happens to us all at some point when you have been shooting long enough some call it the camera eye, or eye for a good picture, but when said and done it’s knowing what you want from your picture before you’ve even taken it.

As an example of one of many such visions of an image I will be using the image below as an example,


Set up

Just the other day was looking  about for new locations in which to shoot when I drove past this nice little church in the middle of no where and I noticed the large cross next the entrance of the church, after stopping and looking at it more closely I could see my vision of this image a great foreground interesting shot, with a dark skyline, bright lit tree line, with this I was ready to go, so set up my tripod, my second thought was a long exposure however the clouds were not moving hardly at all this day so I ruled this out, as the sky was a great shade of blue I knew i wanted the darkest almost black sky effect as I wanted a B&W image to show up the details and the foreground interest.


Set up:

using a 24-70 lens using the widest end 24mm at f/10 to make sure that i had a mid range depth of field.

shutter speed 1/200 sec ISO 100 in aperture priority mode changing the image to monochrome in camera to give me an idea of what I was looking for as I knew I did not want a colour image from this shot.

Once the image was taken, it was now time process.

I stared by opening the image in Adobe Camera Raw, and changed the clarity, Highlights, Vibrance slider to the below positions


You can have the option to change the as shot scene to cloudy it depends on you image and the conditions that you shot in, this is only an option.

The next stage was to select the areas that  i needed to lighten for example in this case the green area, bushes trees grass, etc, something to keep in mind is that it starts as a colour image and we will be changing it to a B&W image however we want the bright over vibrant colours in the image so we can bring them back as lighter and darker colours once we are in the B&W stage. So in this case I selected the adjustment brush and slide the temperature and tint slider fully to the right


in camera raw make sure the auto mask is checked and then paint over the grass and trees, bush area as a default colour it will look red but don’t worry this will be explained once in the B&W stage.

Once you have finished with the adjustment brush and are happy that the greens are now a slight red colour :) it’s time to open the image from camera raw to photoshop.

Once in Photoshop click in the top menu tab > layer> new adjustment layer and select black and white click ok.

Once you have done this it will open this side menu:



Make sure that you change the preset to infrared, Ok now you remember the red painted grass we did in camera raw, so as your image is now B&W if you move the red slider to the right you will see that the red areas we painted will now change to a brighter colour in favour of the selected colour we chose to paint it in, move the slider to the desired amount of light you need for your image.

Now for the sky if you have shot a great blue sky all you would need to do is move the Cyan, and blue slider to the left this will give you a rich dark black sky that you see in my final image.

Some other things to note you may be tempted to change the green or magenta sliders however in most cases there will be little effect even though there may be green in your original image however it will mostly register as a yellow or red, bizarre but true.

Now you can leave it there however there is a couple of little tweaks that you can also try the first is by creating a duplicate layer of your image, then click on >filter>blur>Gaussian Blur.set it to about 14-19 click ok

Now select the blending mode to soft light and decrease the opacity slightly this will give the whole image a soft edge light to it, purely an option that you can try.

An there we are the completed image a dark sky infrared B&W image from a original colour image.

Infrared image


I’m Simon Everett thanks for reading




About Simon Everett

Simon Everett Photographer. I was Born in the midlands the Heart of England amongst the peace & tranquil surroundings of open fields and the sounds of the natural countryside, I moved to the southeast some years later and started and though still in the countryside of Kent I cannot be to far from nature, & the changing seasons Simon Everett Photography Kent – I offer professional Wedding, Events, Parties, & Commercial photography in Kent, as well as portrait and newborn photography across The whole of Kent area including Some London Boroughs. Wedding photography is my passion and my style is contemporary, modern, reportage, Dramatic, classic vintage and natural as well. We provide a mixture of styles to suit various tastes and we can adapt to your requirements