I shoot a lot of streetscapes in early morning light, known as the “golden hour.” Sometimes, however, the light needs a bit of a boost inpost-processing. This tutorial shows a part of my workflow using the Nik Color Efex Suite, in which I apply a series of filters designed for portrait photography to enhance the “golden hour” light effect of street scenes in New York City.
I would describe the making of this tutorial as a comedy of errors, but the story is not that amusing or even especially interesting. In short, my first attempt at recording it, roughly one month ago, went really well, except that it lasted slightly over one hour. So I did a lot of editing, getting the length down to a manageable 16-17 minutes, and then the next 5-6 attempts all were interrupted, by the telephone, doorbells, my family, etc. I finally managed what I hope is a decent take this week, and this is the result, although I still wish it were a bit shorter than its 19 minute length.
The image featured in this tutorial is this one, originally posted here.