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The Palouse: LAB Color Tutorial

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Currently I am putting together a set of 50 great photography destinations in the Pacific Northwest. All locations are geo-tagged, so you can check them out yourself-----> PACNW Top 50

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After work on Saturday around 3PM I had the great idea to drive to Palouse Falls to shoot sunset, sleep in my car at the base of Steptoe Butte State Park, and then shoot sunrise. It worked out well and there was some stunning light.

I have included a tutorial for you today on LAB Color Space and how it can be used to make the colors in your photos really pop out. LAB can also be used to sharpen and contrast photos as well. I will include a tutorial on this later.

The tutorial also provides my basic digital workflow for single RAW processing only. I process HDR photos in a much different way.




Like most people I see vivid color and light when I am out shooting. Upon loading a photo into CS5 I could hardly ever duplicate this vivid color. LAB color provides you with the color space to do so. If you want to go more in depth on the subject there is some awesome material HERE


This was my first extended length of time shooting with the Really Right Stuff TVC-34L w BH-55 LR Ballhead and L-Bracket, and WOW you really get what you pay for. Hands down the best tripod I have ever used.



Camera: Nikon D800

Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G

Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L w BH-55 LR Ballhead and Quick Release Clamp + Nikon D800 L-Bracket

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Taken on May 20, 2012