MAKING SKIES A DEEPER BLUE
Ever tried taking photographs of flowers against deep blue afternoon sky? Expose for the flowers and you get an overexposed sky, but expose for the sky and you get severely underexposed flowers.
Triston encountered just such an instance in Kyoto when he was trying to get images of the lovely Sakura flower. He chose to expose for the flowers to also retain the textures of the clouds in the sky. What he did next, was to import the image into Lightroom, then go to the Hue/ Saturation/Luminance (HSL) panel and select the Luminance panel. By lowering the luminance of the blue channel, he turned the sky deep blue while not affecting the exposure of the flowers as these did not belong to the blue channel.
Tristan says his next step would be to complete the edit in Photoshop; cloning away the electric cables, parts of a rooftop and some of the flowers that are creeping out on the sides of the frame. His end result? A clean and scenic shot of Sakura flowers in full bloom.