Rome 15 minute Photo Challenge: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey

In this video I visit the Pantheon in
Rome to take on another fifteen-minute challenge. AdoramaTV presents Take and Make Great Photography with
Gavin Hoey. Hello i’m Gavin Hoey and you are watching AdoramaTV. Brought to you by Adorama the camera store that has everything for us
photographers and today you join me in Rome for a 15 minute Photo
photo challenge. So I’m at the Pantheon a fantastically historical building but before we go inside
lets’s start with the fountain. We have a beautiful fountain here. Rome seems to love fountains. I want to get a shot of a this. So I could shoot this in just standard settings. Just grab my camera
and away I go, but thats a little bit sharp, it’s a little bit
crisp. I’m using an Olympus OM-D-EM5 Mark II with a 12-40mm lens. It’s a great little travel camera and
despite being small, I’ve got all the functions of my usual cameras. So I can come in here and I can choose the smallest aperture number, f/22. I can choose a low ISO, I can go ISO 100. I can just set exactly what I want.
So let’s just come and do that again. Zoom in nice and close. Yeah there is some great motion in in the water. Okay we better move on
before we become part of this wedding I think. Okay so I want to do a picture of the fountain and the Pantheon in behind it. So I’m going to zoom in 40mm. Thats the equivalent of 80mm on a full frame camera. That gives me a fare bit of reach. Now the only problem is I’ve got to watch out for tourists. Now we are here really early in the morning but there is already loads of tourists here. But with a little bit of patience, thats pretty good. Now sometimes just to give it a bit more of a dynamic look might just tilt the camera. Just
twist it a little bit. Just get a few different angles Now with these shots because I have nothing to rest on I’m going to have to for that faster shutter speed Well theres a few shots of the fountain on the outside but of corse we’ve got to go inside. Now, I may not be able to give you a running
commentary live in there because it is a religious building after all. So I may have to respect that. Let’s head inside and see what we can find in there. It’s not until you come inside that you really get a idea of the scale and the beauty. It’s nice a cool. I think this is probably the center It’s fairly dark in here as well so I just need to increase my ISO to compensate for that. So I’m going to pull it up to 1000 ISO. There is a massive contrast difference as well. Between the hole and the rest of it. I’m just going to switch to HDR mode, and I can take five shots. Hold it really still. This cameras lovely, it has an HDR function built right in, so I don;t have to worry about bracketing. That brilliant. Let’s see what else we can find by going to all the edges. I like that fact.. If I’m here at the edge and I look up, I get these pillars dramatically arcing over the top. Still in HDR mode. Fantastic. Good stuff. Let’s keep wondering around. A 15-minute challenge wouldn’t be complete without a panorama. So working at f/4, I’m getting a shutter speed of a 30th of a second. I’m just going to dial that into manual. Take a picture of my hand so I know this is
a panorama sequence. Put my camera in upright format and around I go. Just stopped something. Need to get my camera off my BlackRapid strap. Switch it back into aperture-priority
mode. Choose my aperture. Let’s go with f/2.8. Wide open. This is when live view is gonna be really handy in this
camera. Because I can focus by touching the screen. So much easier than trying to do
with my other cameras. Okay we’ve got time just for one more shot I think. So let’s just wonder up to the main alter at the front and see if we can grab a shot there. Well sadly my trip to Rome came to an
end all too quickly. I could have spent half a day in the Panthoen alone and the rest of Rome, well it was equally as beautiful. I am
definitely going back to take more pictures very
soon. So what about the images? Well the pictures I
shot anything that had the the hole in the top of the Panthoen’s roof. Well I took them in HDR mode so I’m
gonna need to do a bit or processing to see what I got. Let’s have a look. So I shot everything
in RAW and using the HDR function I came away
with five RAW files, each one a different exposure
by two stops. So what I need to do is to join them
together. So here inside of Adobe camera RAW Camera Raw I can do that by going to the little
menu fly out in the the option in the corner there. Choose select all, and go back to the same menu and choose merge to HDR. Now I can do that here in
the newer version of Adobe Camera RAW and I could do this in Lightroom in the
same way or I could use Photoshop’s own merge to HDR Pro or any HDR software I choose. Now what I wanna do is align
the layers, because these were hand-held I need to actually get the the software
to line things up. No tripods really were allowed inside of the Panthoen.
At least I didn’t try it anyway. So it’s going to take a moment or two
just to gather those images together and create the HDR image. So let’s start with the composition. I
think it’s quite good like that but I wonder if it would be better if I just
turn it on its side. Yeah that’s definitely better. So let’s spin
that around. I think the colors look slightly cool so maybe just increasing the temperature
just a little bit. That looks pretty good and I definitely wanted a moody feel. So
bring the exposure down. I wanted this area to definitely be sort of the highlight
but you can see this white spot here really is the highlight. If I go right the way down there’s actually.. Thats a same theres no detail in there. Now it could be that a cloud
went across at that exact moment. It could be that I should have taken
some more exposures, either way we’ll need to fix that inside
of Photoshop. So we’ll come back to that. We’ll just do some basic editing here and we’ll bring the highlights down, the shadows up and pop a little bit of clarity and some richer colors in there. That looks pretty good. Now I would like a little bit more
detail out from these deep shadow areas down here. So I’m just gonna do that
by using the adjustment brush and I’ll just increase the shadow amount. I’ll paint a little bit more detail just so theres a hint of something in there. I’d also like some
highlight detail back around the top as well so let’s make another new adjustment brush.
This time I’ll just turn the highlights down slightly, I’ll just paint in
that area there. I think it looks a little bit cold there
still, so maybe just a wee bit more on the temperature. Now it looks fine but if I actually go and
have a closer look, there maybe a couple of other bits and pieces I want to do. There is a slight halo. There is a very slightly sort of blueish halo around this opening here. So I
reckon I can deal with that quite neatly by going to the HSL/grayscale. Finding the saturation option it looks blue to my eyes so if I move it
backwards and forwards you can probably see even clearer on the video. So we’ll just bring the blues down in saturation so they disappear. There’s really is no other blue in the shot, so
that’s fine. Whilst I’m here a couple of other house keeping measures. It’s always a good idea to put some noise
reduction in and similarly coming along to lens correction, finding
the color option, I’ll removed chromatic aberrations. Although I have found this lens actually had relatively little chromatic aberration. So thats all good. Rights so from there I
can open up the image back into Photoshop. So that large white hole
at the top its gonna draw your eye if I leave it as it
is and all I need to do really put some sky in there.
So let’s add some sky. Now in theory it should
be pretty straightforward. We’ll just get the magic wand. We’ll click
inside and then we’ll fine tune the selection with the select and modify. I’ll expand it by a
couple of pixels and I’ll go back to select, modify and I’ll feather it by a couple of pixels as well. That should remove any weird halos I get around the joint. I do need to go
to select and Inverse and then I can add a layer
mask to this just so I cut a hole through there. I now have a hole ready for my new
Sky. So any sky would do I guess but this is a shot from earlier in 15 minute
photo challenge. On this one either the clouds have
parted or well maybe I had a another exposure
but I was able to pull some sky back from that shot. So let’s add that in, because it’s in context and from the fifteen-minute Photo Challenge. So I’ll just selected it all and copy it. Come back to the main picture and past it in, and of corse it has to go on the layer below. So I’ll drag that down underneath and wouldn’t it be lovely if it just fitted straight in. Yeah no the world isn’t like that. That doesn’t always work, does it? So I’m just going to have to use a bit of free
transform. Control ’t’ on PC and Command ’t’ on a Mac, and then we can just a slide that into position. Like so. Okay and there you go. There is my final HDR picture completed, and it has a great sky and real drama too So there you go, 15 minutes around the
Pantheon in Rome. Nowhere near long enough if you’re a
photographer coming to Rome this to be on your must do list and
please give yourself longer than 15 minutes to go
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48 Replies to “Rome 15 minute Photo Challenge: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey”

  1. I just came back from there myself. I was SOOOOOO mad that the Trevi Fountain was under construction. The Pantheon is an awesome sight

  2. Hey Gavin, you consistently give great information and examples in your videos.  Thank you very much for what you do.  I agree about the Pantheon.  It might be my favorite building in the world and just down the street is the restaurant that invented Death by Chocolate.  Can't beat that.

  3. Hello Gavin , I always like your videos , thanks  , I've been there and the place is awesome , loved  the panorama @ 4:56

  4. Gav, your ability to create images from any location, that I would gladly hang on my wall, amazes me every time! Thanks

  5. I just notice this on your FB page Gavin, really glad you've started doing the 15 min challenges as these inspire me to get my camera out.

  6. What's the best software to stitch up panoramas? I've used DPP and Zoner Photo Studio and they've both failed miserably despite my shots being perfectly aligned.

  7. Nice job.
    I really liked your panorama shot at 4:57 as well.
    Glad to hear to hear that you are enjoying and appreciating your Olympus gear!

  8. thanks you so much Gavin for this tutorial. You know? I had exactly the same problem and this tutorial has helped me to put a sky in white whole. You have no idea how grateful I am!!!!

  9. Hi Gavin, may I ask which Black Rapid strap this is?? I have the Sony a6000, and the stock strap just doesn't cut the mustard anymore. Superb pano by the way!! 🙂

  10. Great to see a video that uses my current favourite camera & lens combination! I think you've inspired me to take the 12-40 on an upcoming trip. Thanks for the tips!

  11. I'm going to Rome next summer and recently picked up the E-M10, so this video was perfect for me! I'll also be spending a few days in Venice, any chance you'll be doing a similar video in Venice sometime in the next 6 months?

  12. Fascinating as I found myself in Rome with only a couple of hours free from a business meeting, and I headed straight to the Pantheon, which is one of my very favorite buildings in the world. I was not disappointed, but I ended up with pretty much a short photographic challenge. My biggest disappointment was that the day before, it had been raining heavily, and I would love to be in the Pantheon when it is pouring through the eye! It is surprisingly difficult to find composition that eliminate distractions due to the horrific church renovations. I sure wish it could be restored to its original Roman simplicity. Still, an absolutely amazing experience.

  13. That "hole", Gavin, is called an oculus! I love your videos and thank you for doing what you do. You constantly inspire me.

  14. Such a great shot, that I have revisited my own ones from a few years back and followed your processing tips, so many thanks for the inspiration, once again.

  15. I'll be in Rome this summer… makes me want to challenge my photography skills when I'll be there.

  16. Nice stuff Gavin. Was just in Rome a couple of weeks ago and missed the Pantheon, but had fun elsewhere. Next time then. There's just so much to see there.

  17. I just wonder: Why don't you use the tone curve? – Story is: I found this video very inspiring and when in Rome I (of course) tried to take up the "challenge of the hole in the roof". Now, some time later, I reviewed my pictures and actually could recover both the highlights and the shadows in Lightroom, using the tone curve. Of course, if your highlights are totally blown out you have to fake it, but fortunately I (just) could make it!

  18. The person to his right at 4:50 is obviously Japanese.. they are so polite and respectful. There was another video that you did where you could see another Japanese gentleman wait until you finished shoot.

    As for the video's, you're very good at it thank you. I just don't understand why there are so few thumbs up, come on people almost 67k views and yet only 1.1k likes. That is ridiculous… please remember to thumb up. He really is a good teacher, so these videos are soooooooo worth while and should be higher up the rankings… Only you can do that with your like…. click it I dare you!!!!!

  19. 5:20 Do you need to make sure that image stabilization is turned off when taking this photo or when using a tripod? I have heard conflicting opinions on this point.

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