We both came to photography after digital equipment became commonplace and have fully embraced technology in creating our photographs. You can read more about the gear we use here.
Photography is a creative pursuit for us, not a documentary one; using technology to enhance a photograph to better share what we experienced or want to convey is a common practice for each of us. Still, we do not add or delete any major elements, but will adjust tones, contrast, and colors to achieve what each of us considers to be our individual interpretation of a place and a moment in time. Even with these enhancements, every one of our photos represents a real moment that we experienced in nature and we try to keep them grounded in reality (except for Sarah’s black and white photos).
Specifically, we set our cameras to capture RAW files and process the files using Lightroom CC (for RAW processing and organization) and Photoshop CC (for everything else). Many times, especially for grand scenic landscapes, we will manually blend (with layers and masks in Photoshop) multiple exposures to overcome technical limitations of the camera’s dynamic range. These blends will increase dynamic range and depth of field, allow for reduced noise, and give us the option of selecting different shutter speeds throughout the composition.
For more information on our processing techniques and general workflow, please see our e-books, Beyond the Grand Landscape: A Guide to Photographing Nature's Smaller Scenes or our free e-book for newsletter subscribers, Five Photographs: From Field to Finished. You can also contact us with questions and we may be able to answer them individually or in a future blog post.
Photo: Zion National Park, Sarah Marino