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The Palouse: LAB Color Tutorial Included

Yesterday I uploaded a pic from the Palouse region of WA with no photoshop edit. I went back through and did the final edit last night, here is the result.

After work on Saturday around 3PM I had the great idea to drive to Palouse Falls to shoot sunset, sleep in my car at the base of Steptoe Butte State Park, and then shoot sunrise. It worked out well and there was some stunning light.

I have included a tutorial for you today on LAB Color Space and how it can be used to make the colors in your photos really pop out. LAB can also be used to sharpen and contrast photos as well. I will include a tutorial on this later.
The tutorial also provides my basic digital workflow for single RAW processing only. I process HDR photos in a much different way.

www.dmcustomcreations.com/Bestof/Tutorials

Like most people I see vivid color and light when I am out shooting. Upon loading a photo into CS5 I could hardly ever duplicate this vivid color. LAB color provides you with the color space to do so. If you want to go more in depth on the subject there is some awesome material www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=18203

This was my first extended length of time shooting with the Really Right Stuff TVC-34L w BH-55 LR Ballhead and L-Bracket, and WOW you really get what you pay for. Hands down the best tripod I have ever used.

Details/Equipment:
Camera: Nikon D800Lens: Nikkor 28-300mmf/3.5-5.6
Tripod: Really Right StuffTVC-34L w BH-55 LR Ballhead and Quick Release Clamp + Nikon D800 L-Bracket

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I started playing with LABcolor some time back, and then got distracted and forgot about it. I think it is time for a bit of a refresher!
 
+Rob Sutherland I just started messing with it too! Really cool stuff. The dgrin website at the bottom of the post is super in depth and great. My video tutorial will show you the basics...
 
+Bill Mckim does photoshop make sounds when you use it? haha JK man. Just follow the actions, you can see the commands in the middle. There is no sound, cause it did not seem necessary. Do you think it would help to add sound to future tutorials? I need to update my lic with that current program, hopefully u get the gist tho!
PS, If I add sound to the next tutorial prepare for lots of swearing while my 8GB of ram gets bogged down by D800 files size....
 
Otherworldly shot! Get any shots of Palouse Falls?
 
Sweet shot man. I'd love to get out there to shoot
 
+Gail Beerman it is awesome. GO SOON! it is prime season. Make sure to hit the falls as well:)
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