Autumn 15 Minute Photo Challenge: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey
Autumn 15 Minute Photo Challenge: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey

In this video I go to the woods to
capture the colors of Autumn. AdoramaTV 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
the woods for an autumnal 15-minute… …photo challenge. Well this is a fantastic time of year to
come and take pictures, the colors are… …changing on the trees from summer to
autumn, a lovely day, it has a bit of hazy sunshine… …around, perfect for some photos. Now I’m
going to wander around the woods, but before I… …head out into the woods, there is actually some shots here on the edge of the woods and… …I’ve spotted something straight away
that I wanted to photograph and it’s… …just little tiny mushroom down here. So
I’m working today with my Olympus EM5 MkII… and with the 12mm – 40mm lens. Now this lens isn’t a… …macro lens, it’s kind of an everyday walk
around lens. So you are photographing something fairly small like this might be challenge – Lets see… …how I do? I’m just going to come down. Now I like to get down to the same level of whatever I’m… …photographing. So I’m gonna come in here frame up the shot. Now this lens can… …actually focus quite close, which is
really handy because one thing you find… …with close-up photography the closer you
move into your subject, the shallower… ….depth of field becomes, so whatever
aperture you think you should use… …always stop down the lens, use a smaller
aperture, get a bit more depth of field. Right let’s see what else I can
photograph. There’s lots of fern and bracken around and it’s all changing color, and a bit just… …sticking up here that’s just asking to
be photographed. I’m really going to try and get… …in past all the brambles. So there’s a
couple ways I could shoot this, I could… …put its symmetrical, through the frame, or
I can just tilt the camera slightly, and have it diagonally… …through the frame. And diagonals
tend to be more powerful shapes so… …potentially that’s the best one but of
course I’m going to take both and make … …that decision back on the computer. Well it’s what Autumn is all about, isn’t it? The colors here are fantastic, I’m going to see if… …I can get a couple of close up pictures
of the the leaves. I’m going to shoot… …this way I think, with the the light
coming through the leaves, so they are… …rear illuminated that really helps to
emphasize the colors. I’m looking at the… …background all the time. What’s the
background like? Is the background… complimentary, is it the same color? A
different color? Or is it is blown out white? This looks like a perfect place for a panorama. A nice big wide sweep. I’ve only got a 12mm wide angle lens which is 24mm equivalent on a full frame camera. So it’s not desperately wide so
let’s take a picture of my hand and then… …lets just working out the exposure, so
the exposure here is about a 1/30 sec f5/6. I’m going to dive into manual mode we’re going to go with ISO 640 I think, so… …once that’s dialled in, I can then just take a sweep of pictures… …plan my route across, ok here we go, starting at one side… …overlapping the pictures, round I go again then take a pic of my hand keep going. You don’t have to go far, there is a bit of water down here, almost a puddle rather than a stream… But reflections as photographers reflections… …are one of our staple things that we
look for, and they can give great shots, …the knack is to actually go in close. So I’m going to fill up the frame with this rather than going wide… …lovely… …I like this shot, I’ve got this lovely
scene in front of me with a lovely long vista of autumn colors coming through,
but I want to compress everything down. I want the background to come a bit closer, I can do that by changing the zoom of my… …lens and my feet, so at the moment I’m on about 18mm so nearly 35mm… …equivalent on a full frame camera. If I zoom into 80mm… …which is 40mm on this lens, I’ll need to walk backwards to get the same… …shot, and that will gives me the
compression. If you want to find out more about lens… …compression check out my previous videoon the Adorama Learning Centre. Pretty much the same framing an that just helps to compress everything down a little bit… …and the height at which you shoot makes
a difference as well, so if I get down a bit… …lower. I emphasize the fore-ground a little bit more and if I really get down low by taking the camera… …off and making use of the flip screen on the Olympus here, well – things start to get… …very interesting when you come down here. And if I change the depth of field by adjusting aperture. That’s really good. Now I reckon we’re nearly done, we’re pretty much out of time for… …our 15 minute challenge just one thing
missing in this shot. So the thing I… …needed was Sam, who’s normally behind the cameras, but I asked her to walk into the… …scene. Well then I start to get a human
interest in this shot and that’s the… …only thing I think I’m missing from this
fifteen-minute challenge. Well that was a really great walk and a wonderful challenge. The colors were fantastic. Right up until last set of pictures . Maybe I was a little bit early maybe a week or so early, but the autumn colors just… …weren’t quite there, so that’s where
Photoshop’s going to really come in to help. Let’s have a look. So I’ve got the picture I want to edit on screen and is the one of them… …walking away of course as you can see
the colours, well they’re not as warm as… …they really want to be. At least not to
my taste so I jumped over to the HSL… …grayscale tab here in Adobe Camera Raw
and of course you’ll find the same thing… …in Lightroom 2. I’m gonna work on the
Hue tab which allow me to change the… …colors in this shot. There really is only three colors, there’s some greens, some yellows and some… …oranges. So if I come down to the greens
first I can get the green slider and… …movie either left or right. If I go to the
right you’ll be able to see exactly… …what’s going to happen, I’m affecting that
part of the the image but I want to make… …them more yellow, so I’m going to bring them to the left, and that’s going to really make… …them feel a little bit later in the
season. Same with the yellows, let’s… …get those, again I could go to the right
and make them more green but if I go to… …the left… …they become more orange. And that is
really where I want to be I want those… …autumn colors, those warm tones to come through like that. Now they were actually… …some oranges in this shot the police at
the front, but they were definitely orange. If I get the oranges I can move that and
they’re going to become more red. Now you can… …figure out what’s happening by looking
at what’s gone on with the colors, the… …greens have become more yellow, the
yellows have become more orange and… …orange has become red. Basically when you move the sliders to the left you move… …the colors one layer up. And I love
what’s going on here but I’m not so keen… …on this red on the floor. This is looking
a little bit too fairytale maybe now, so then… …let me open up that image, what I’m going to do is to reprocess that exact same… …raw file a second time, so I go up to file, open recent and it should be the one at the… …top. I can jump over to the HSL-
grayscale and this time I’m just going… …to change the oranges. Note everything is
exactly as it was before, that’s one of the… …joys of raw I’m going to bring oranges down slightly, so the floor is less intense… …but of course so is the actual leaves
and you may prefer that but I actually… …like this really strong red foliage at
the front. So all I need to do now is… …just to combine these two images
together and because it’s the same raw… …file just process twice, it should fit
perfectly together when I put one on top… …of the other. So let’s come up to select
it and it and copy go back to the main… …image, edit and paste and that puts the
two images on top of each other as… …layers and if I add a layer mask, layer,
layer mask, reveal all, and I got myself… …a paintbrush here. Paint with black, big black brush here we go I can bring the reds… …through the leaves but I don’t touch the
leaves on the floor. Then they’ll stay… …that more muted tone that I chose. There you go, and that gives me the best of both… …images and what I really like is some
lovely rays of light coming through on… …this misty, end of season morning but I was about a week early for that as well so I… …missed and rays of light again using
Photoshop. To add them in, I need a new empty layer so let’s go to layer, new and layer, and… …I’m going to use a paintbrush for this lets
choose the color of my brush and I’m going to change… …my foreground color, well it’s black at the moment, but if I click on that black and choose a… …color from in the image and brightening up a little bit, we’ll go for a yellowy color like… …that, and then the actual brushes
themselves to make the rays of light I… …need to download from the Internet. Now fortunately they’re ready to go
right here on my website and I’ll put a… …link in the description below, they are
completely free, head over download them, away you… …go. When you download them you will need to unzip them… …once unzipped they’re going to look like that or something similar to that maybe with… …the word brush on it instead and you just get your unzipped brushes and drag them and… …drop them into Photoshop, now don’t drop them onto the image. Drop them onto the… …bar above the images that has the titles
of your photos and that will load your… …brand new brushes in so I’ve got my
brushes they should be right here. There they… …are and I’m going to go with the second one in, and his click in the middle of the… …image like that so that adds in my
brushes but I don’t really want them… …just there, fortunately I have done this on
its own layer which means I can use… …free-transform, Control T, command T on a Mac… …and I can rotate it around and put it wherever I like, like that and… …sort of stretch them out, so we have some rays of light, right click inside to… …distort stretch them up, stretch them
down and and so on. So it’s pretty good… …I’m happy with that, I think I want to just
blend in a little bit better, so let’s… …just swap out for an ordinary shaped
paintbrush and we will put a layer mask on… …here again just like before and bring
the brush down in size and opacity. Actually let’s bring that down cause that
really helps and then we will just paint out any edges… …and some smaller bits in here just to blend this in… …and this is where it really makes the effect come alive… …when you just knock out few bits
here and there and that just helps to make that… …whole ray of light effect really work
well so there you go there is my Autumn… …seasonal picture and I think that looks
really great! Well there you go 15 minutes goes by really quickly especially when you’re… …outside on a day like today in conditions like this… …absolutely great fun doing photography
today. Now if you want to see more videos… …from myself and the other amazing
presenters here on the Adorama TV… …you know what you got to do you got to click on the subscribe button… I’m Gavin Hoey thanks for watching. Do you want great looking prints at low costs… …be sure to visit our easy to use online printing service Adorama pix as professionals to treat… …your images with the utmost care that
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100 thoughts on “Autumn 15 Minute Photo Challenge: Take and Make Great Photography with Gavin Hoey”

  1. Roberto Cortinas says:

    Thanks Gavin. As always, very nice and informative video.

  2. RDWAN AL-HOMSI says:

    its a great photos but y you used the iso like 800 , 640 instead of 100 in this good light mod in day

  3. Matthew Hutchinson says:

    4:15 What's the point of taking a picture of your hands.

  4. A Photographer in Thailand says:

    Excellent Gavin

  5. Forest Radio says:

    Awesome! Such an inspiring video!!

  6. Bernadette Jarrard says:

    Thank you so much for a fresh and informative video

  7. Rommel Tan says:

    Looks like the brushes are no longer available 🙁

  8. Andreas Leitner says:

    Can i do the part with the masks and the brush to change just one part of the image also just in lightroom?

  9. Chris Hunt says:

    Brilliant. Thanks Gavin. I always learn something from you. This is just what I needed.

  10. Jogie Glen Mait says:

    love the photo shoot outside but the editing ruined the realism for me…hashtag, opinion

  11. David Anstey says:

    Can I ask why you take a picture of your hand prior to shooting. What is that permitting you to do?

  12. Eclectic Monstrosity says:

    You are a god

  13. yujin landscape photography. says:

    Thank, Gavin…,

  14. Oli Langevin says:

    thanks to you I have been able to transform a normal picture into a awesommmmee one

  15. Sammie Watson says:

    Love that you added a quick finishing lesson in too. Have so many pictures but I a just learning PS.

  16. Neil Macleay says:

    Excellent video Gavin 😀

  17. Jon Minott says:

    Great video, Gavin. You continue to inspire. Thank you for continuing to share your knowledge!

  18. Duane Stephens says:

    why did you take a photo of your hand …?????

  19. Dave Kelly says:

    I love this video and final pic, i only wish i was fully versed in PS..

  20. Patty Mattes says:

    Here is my big question. How were you able to get sharp focus with shutter speeds of 1/30 and 1/60 of a second without a tripod?

  21. Giova Calo says:

    je me suis abonné car vous faite du trais bon tuto

  22. hao meng says:

    is it allowed for a photographer to change the color? Although the picture looks great, it is kind of fake.

  23. Duphe says:

    the light is done by ps, right?

  24. Totoro says:

    Have to say, I thought the original was much nicer. That contrast between the orange leaves on the ground and the green on the trees was really stunning.

  25. AR Photography Changanacherry, Kerala says:

    Great work.. Waiting for more

  26. Marcus Victorian says:

    Super fun tutorial.

  27. Sharon Murphy says:

    love this site im with you here just wish i was as healthy

  28. adib says:

    can you please state the software you use for editing

  29. David Ribeiro says:

    You make it all look so simple Gavin. Simply amazing work, wow.

  30. Sam Vish says:

    no more real photos all photoshop dont get me wrong you are good at what you do but i like real natrual look

  31. 534daro534 says:

    I can't use rays plugin 🙁 I have the rays shape but when I click it does not apear on my photo 🙁 can you help me?

  32. yujin landscape photography. says:

    Thank! Gavin. 🙌👏

  33. I&E Fox says:

    Photography is really fun but no money totally time west.

  34. Tracy Hansen says:

    I like your finished modified photo, but I have to say, I like the original even better. Great presentation and it is good to see both approaches to photography.

  35. Naser Salehi says:

    you are professional photographer and designer 👌👍👏 perfect. thank you.

  36. isabella davis says:

    Wonderful images

  37. Jaxin Japan says:

    will be trying this challenge!

  38. wksoh says:

    Photography requires talent and an all seeing eye for things…..

  39. awandererTJ says:

    Disgusting. Probably the worst photography video I've seen so far. Most pictures are just average but the final PS edit with all faked colours and light rays brush really sucks. Gavin Hoey shall be my parole for tasteless in photography.

  40. Russell Crosbie says:

    Is this a photograph or is it CGI?

  41. Evangelos Stampolis says:

    Sir when i grow up i want to be like you

  42. Gustavo Garcia says:

    I love you chanel

  43. jutubaeh says:

    löl nö lightshäfts? -.-

  44. jutubaeh says:

    ´´ph4$€ ör nöthinG" ^ ^

  45. mick cooke says:

    great video Gavin , very interesting enjoyed it

  46. Lucie G. says:

    Omg 😍🎃

  47. bill perry says:

    i have a photoshop beginner level , what level was you using and would it be worth me changing thanks b perry

  48. Naini Trails Life Adventures says:

    Hi Gavin, I follow all your videos and the way you teach the process of taking and processing a shot from start to finish is simply amazing . I have learnt a lot and grown as a photographer by following your work. Thank you.

  49. Dennis Swanner says:

    Thanks, Gavin your great as always. You make hard things easy to understand.

  50. bcdjrise says:

    Great work Gavin! Thank you for sharing! This quick touch on this type of photography it does give a better impact with minimal editing. Thank you Adorama for your support!

  51. DEEP DUTTA says:

    it is absolutely awesome

  52. Dan Moore says:

    Autumn was the perfect season for me to buy a DSLR it seems. Even though the leaves haven't changed too much yet, I've still gotten some self-inspiring shots. I bought the camera for astro and night sky photography, but have ended up using it more for every other type of photography instead. Finally found a warm place to learn, thanks Gavin!

  53. Deborah says:

    Gorgeous photo. Well done.

  54. Ian Donald says:

    Each to their own, of course, but in my honest opinion this complete image manipulation has nothing whatsoever to do with the art of skilful photography.

  55. F Duquenne says:

    Over processed for my taste.

  56. randitex25 says:

    I hope this isn’t a stupid question, but why did you take a pic of your hand after you took the multiple pics?

  57. Stef Kuipers says:

    Thanks Gavin! I like your 15 minute challenges 👍🏼 Why did you take a shot of your hand after your panorama?

  58. GE KO says:

    Ich love Gavin, but those light rays are looking fake

  59. Dorel Oloier says:


  60. Rob O says:

    Come on Gavin, that first photo that you brought up in PS was already heavily enhanced. But that’s okay, you went on to show us more editing.

  61. Teddy Wanderer says:

    Thank you Gavin I enjoyed seeing you capture the images in the wood and I liked the shots you captured. However for me I prefered your final image before you made it look false! Just my personal preference I like images to look real. Thanks for posting 😀 Teddy

  62. badnews says:

    really nice bokeh on that lens for f2.8 though you are very tight but still very nice and round and creamy

  63. Paul D says:

    Thank you, Gavin, for some great ideas! I'll use these ideas on my Aspen shots i took in Colorado. If you are ever in Denver CO, give me acall and wecan get together for lunch and a shoot. Paul. 720 366 1677

  64. Luisa H says:

    Great tips. I was afraid of post processing and hue because I didn't find a good tutorial to help me understand hue. Oh btw the flares are amazing <3

  65. 1 Down 4 Up says:

    Im relatively new to DSLR photography on manual mode, about one year and counting. For me I like the hunt, finding the
    perfect composition, at the right time of year, with the right light on the right day at the right time. I respect this method
    as artistic but is it really photography? It seems there is great pressure to over compensate in todays market. I like the art of mastering my camera and displaying things i've seen with my own eye. Either way it's your vision and I respect that.

  66. Mostak Ahmed says:

    I have learned many things from you, Thanks for everything

  67. Cor Kloosterman says:

    in het nedrtlands

  68. Barry Riches says:

    Fantastic ..I love what you have done with the final image …Thank you.

  69. Marella Coyle says:

    I know it is an old video but I still tried to download the brushes but all I get is a blank white envelope. Anybody got any suggestions ? Fantastic tutorial as always Gavin.

  70. Paul K says:

    Absolutely brilliant tutorial

  71. NicsPics Photography says:

    Hi. When photographing the bridge panorama why did you point the camera at your hand before and after shot. Thanks

  72. yuyu winnetou says:

    Too much

  73. lombokfriendly says:

    So glad to have found this channel. Thank you

  74. Dick Ramos says:

    I dont like editing the colors..

  75. Herbert Brändle says:

    Hi Gavin Hoey, thanks for sharing this. Wish good light.

  76. Chevy Van Travel says:

    but i liked the fairy tale lol

  77. bhanwar04 says:

    Are lightrays always fake ??

  78. TheOnlyGuess says:

    I didn't understand really why you took a picture of your hand before and at the end of the panorama you took.
    Thank you

  79. TheOnlyGuess says:

    Great tips as usual

  80. Melissa Bartel says:

    can I do these lights with lightroom or do I need Photoshop for that ?

  81. Melissa M says:

    This tutorial was so helpful. I appreciate you showing how to use Hue to enhance the fall colors. I've not used the Hue before. Better than overlays. Terrific photos!

  82. Eef Velthorst says:

    Why the rush? Quality should be the main factor.

  83. ian cale says:


  84. john cuthbert says:

    Brilliant Gav..

  85. Smulan says:

    Thanks for all your Amazing videos! Love them! But how can I install the brushes? It´s not seems so easy as in the video.

  86. Toby Blackman says:

    I'm Big fan of what Gavin does, although I feel like this looks like more of a painting. Maybe go back the next week to get the conditions you mentioned that you were early for.


    It always amaze me how Gavin work with cameras.

  88. Mark Ferrell says:

    Beautiful, beautiful colors. Great information thank you. It’s just to bad not everyone has Photoshop

  89. Detlef Karl Stötzel says:

    As for me, this all hasn't much left to do with photography ad it used to be…and as it should be like.
    Every simpelton can take a shot and via computer make a beautifull photo of a vain picture…wich in my eyes is but fake. I have seen photos of former photographers made with analog cameras wich one could really call brilliant.
    In photography nowadays its like in musik business where the croaking of a frog is by computer changed to tenor voice.
    Simly artificial…

  90. Jerry Mallett says:

    I'm a fan of your videos too Gavin, but you don't seem to respond too often to comments or questions like in this video, the question was asked by Stef Kuipers
    1 year ago, why did you take a photo of your hand before and after the pano scene? I'd like to know the answer to that one as well. Maybe someday we'll get an answer…

  91. Diego Diaz says:

    Enjoyed that. Simple explanations. Subscribed sir.

  92. Jude2408 says:

    Great video, as always. Are the Rays of Light Brushes still available, please?

  93. Xálima says:

    El típico ejemplo de cómo a veces la gente se obsesiona con el tratamiento fotográfico con ordenador y lo que hace es empeorar las fotos o crear escenas puramente artificiales…
    Vale, sobre gustos no hay nada escrito, pero reconozcamos que es un poco una obsesión lo de estar meneando las fotos con Photoshop

  94. Marleen Kuijpers says:

    Thanks !

  95. WestWideOpen Media says:

    Nicely laid out explanation Gavin. And the light streaks is a great touch. Thank you for the download and tute.

  96. Reb C says:

    "The fall colors weren't quite there and that's when pfotoshop comes in handy"….. YOU MEAN THAT'S WHEN YOU CAN CHEAT WITH PHOTOSHOP". Just let the picture tell the real story. Thanks.

  97. Stark RavenMad says:

    Awesome video. Thanks 😀

  98. Ilija Dadasovic says:

    Woooow excellent work 🙂 thank you for sharing this tutorial

  99. Key says:

    Actually the real autumn is not as good as you see in pictures.

  100. Lyn Williams says:


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