In this free photography video tutorial, I take you with me to a landscape photography shoot in Idaho and walk you through how I made my photo… step-by-step. I did this shoot this last weekend, June 18, 2011 on public land in southern Idaho. In addition to the video, this article explains some more details on how I got the shot, including my camera settings and post-processing technique.
Before the shoot, I did some research online and found a few photos on Flickr from people who were shooting the beautiful Camas Lilies. This helped me to find a great location. Then, I learned about the Camas Lily itself by searching on Google. I found out that the flower grows in wet marshy areas, so I knew I would need to bring waders if I wanted to get in the best location to shoot.
Then, I checked the sunrise time and the drive time to get there. It was 2 hours away, so I needed to leave home at 3:30AM to get in position before sunrise. I arrived a couple minutes late, but was able to get some great pictures anyway.
When I got to the flowers, I set up low to show a few of the close flowers, but not too low or else the flowers in the distance would be blocked. Then I set my camera to aperture priority, f/18, ISO 200, 1/200th second shutter speed, locked on to my Induro tripod, and fired away.
At first I shot in portrait orientation, but I really liked the landscape orientation shot better.
Once I got home, I made an HDR of the picture. I liked how the HDR looked on the sky, but not the HDR on the flowers. So, I blended the HDR sky onto a single exposure of the flowers using an organic HDR method. This produced the image that I had hoped I could make.
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