Processing From a Different Perspective

By Cory Disbrow on October 11th, 2011   |    Posted in:  Processing   |    3 Comments

Hello readers! For today, we are cross posting with our weekly column over on Studios Central. I’ll be going into detail on the processing of this shot that I posted over there today:

At Studios Central, I talked about how sometimes finding a fresh new perspective can breathe new life into something you shoot regularly, like the Tower of Terror. So, for this shot, I composed over by the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, right at the perfect time of day, sunset. I had my longest lens, the Canon 135mm attached, which gave me a shot that I had never taken before of the ToT.

For the processing, I opened up the photo in Camera Raw. The lighting was pretty good, so I really didn’t do too much there, aside from open up the shadows a little bit with some fill light, and I adjusted the White Balance to make the colors slightly warmer. Then I went into Color Efex Pro in Photoshop, and ran the default settings on both Pro Contrast and Tonal Contrast. I then sharpened the image using Unsharp Mask, then went back into Color Efex Pro, this time using the Glamour Glow. I used a little less glow than the default setting, then went into that layer and lowered the opacity to about 40%. That way the glow didn’t overtake the image, just gave it a little bit of a dreamy look. Then to cap it off, I used the Darken/Lighten Center filter to bring out the tower itself a little bit, and that was it!

I hope you guys enjoyed this insight into my photo of the Tower of Terror. Make sure to check out Studios Central for my article and all the other great content Matt has up there! Thanks for reading, see ya real soon!!


  1. Jennifer   |   Oct 11, 2011

    Awesome pic. I really like how the post processing helped out. I was wondering if you guys could do any video tutorials on your post processing? I just read about the one you did back in Aug of the CM putting a flower on the tomb stone and would love to see a video tutorial on how it was done. Thanks!

    • Adam Hansen   |   Oct 11, 2011

      Great idea Jennifer and that is something we will work on.

  2. Jennifer   |   Oct 11, 2011

    Thanks so much. I’m definitely a more visual person then I am a read and follow. You guys rock.



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