Backlit sun flares
I've been obsessed with backlit photos with lots of sun flares. For backlit photos, spot-metering saves my life from having to manually meter and adjust. I really should start using a reflector to fill in.
My recipe to edit those backlit photos (in lightroom):
- increase exposure until subject is correctly exposed. Background somewhat blown out.
- bring back the details in the subject by adding contrast, clarity, sharpness etc)
- warm it up by temperature slider (sun rays are supposed to be warm!)
- add some vignette at the corners to bring back the blown out background.
- add some yellowish haze by clipping blacks in curve and dragging blue channel highlights a bit to add some yellow (like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iopr397cXjQ from 2:55 to 5:05)
This is a short and simple tutorial to add artificial sun & lens flare in photoshop. (can't find it for lightroom). I haven't used it yet. It might come in handy later if I barely miss the sun.
Sun rays from the window
I've been wanting to shoot rays coming through the window. The only time I stepped upon that light setup naturally was in a dark windmill in Neatherlands.
I always love the sophomore guy's cold bluish toning for a long time. And now I found an easy split-toning method to resemble that look.