We absolutely love photography. We love trying new things with a camera, pushing the settings to the very max and then bringing them all the way back down. We love learning from photographers who inspire us, and we are so flattered when people say that we’ve inspired them. Photography is a journey, an evolution even. Where you start is not where you’ll end, but the stops you make along the way piece together the mosaic that is your unique style.
This marriage of travel and art is the root of our passions around travel photography.
“What camera did you guys use? Do you use photo editing software? How do I get a picture to have THAT look?” These are some of the questions that we often get from readers and friends alike. It’s so fun for us to talk about this that we figured we should write a whole post on it.
Throughout the years, we’ve used different editing tools to create different looks. These days, we rely heavily on the entire Adobe Creative Cloud but mainly Lightroom and Photoshop. In Photoshop, we like to use the content aware tool to remove many distracting elements from a photo. In travel photography this often includes items like light poles, fences, clouds, or anything else that distracts from the natural beauty of the image that we’re trying to capture.
In partnership with Adobe, we decided to select one of the images that brings to life our love of traveling and take a deeper dive into how we got there.
Before the shoot
The day started with a lot of coffee. We were determined to make it up Pacific Coast Highway to our Airbnb in Carmel Valley before sunset and had several hours of driving ahead of us. We shot with a Canon 5d Mark III, and we always bring my 24-70mm L II lens. In my opinion, it’s the best lens money can buy. While we knew PCH had a lot to offer, we didn’t select this location specifically. Sometimes you have to let the road dictate what you should see and go with the flow!
We discovered this beautiful cove along the coast with the fog rolling in. The idea was to capture the vastness and cruelty of the sea, mixed with the ominous fog. To do so, we made sure to use a fast shutter speed. We wanted to catch the waves in motion. We wanted to show how crisp and sharp they were and how rocky the landscape was.
We used Lightroom and Photoshop to edit this photo, starting off in Photoshop to remove any distracting elements in the photo. We wanted to emphasize the sky and the fog, so we removed any variation of color in the sky. In Lightroom, we desaturated all of the colors except teal. We wanted the colors of the ocean to capture what we felt looking at the landscape in real life. The goal was to capture the wind and the waves and how unrelenting the sea can be. We increased the clarity on the mountains and sharpened the waves.
For us, editing is more about transporting the viewer to a feeling, rather than a place. We want the viewer to understand what it felt like in that moment. We like to capture a memory and romanticize the photo through the editing process.
This post was developed in partnership with Adobe.
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