Cityscape And Landscape Photography Workflow

In this post, I would like to talk to you a little about one of my main techniques for landscape and cityscape photography. As a travel photographer, I use many ways for making my photographs.

Many times I wander around a place and looking for creative compositions and interesting moments while I handheld my camera. Sometimes I use my tripod to control my composition and exposure times and wait for the light. There are many ways to work depend on your subject and your vision as an artist.

To create this photograph of M2, I used a technique of exposure blending. I took 3 images at a different time and then I blend them in post-processing. This is not a photoshop tutorial but I would like to tell you my mindset behind the image. But first I would like to say a few words for the hero of this photo, the beautiful M2 building.

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M2, Thessaloniki, Greece.

The M2 building designed by the famous Architect Arata Isozaki is a unique construction that embodies all the virtues of modern architecture. Geometrical lines, large glass surfaces, and metallic details. Simple and contemporary design M2 stands with pride next to Opera House of Thessaloniki.

I used 3 exposures. The first exposure is my base photo. I used a tripod for the images and I didn’t move the camera. I also used an ND filter for my first exposure so I can soften the sea and the sky clouds.

I made my basic Raw editing in Lightroom, so I can have an even exposure of the three images. After I made the basic correction in light and white balance I continue my work in Photoshop.

The second exposure is used for the lighting in the M2 and Opera house, captured during the blue-hour a few minutes later the base image.

The third exposure is used for the city lights in the background. So I waited until the city lights of Thessaloniki be present, a few minutes after the blue-hour and as the sky starts to get dark enough.

I used basic layer masking techniques in Photoshop to blend all exposures. Then I fix my contrast and I color correct my final image.

M2 Final Image

With this way of working you can blend your exposures from different times in a single image. It’s one very useful technique that helps me a lot in my landscape and cityscape photography. Every situation may need a different approach.

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