Soldiers Beach Capture and Edit Video Tutorial


In this masterclass I have divided it up in two sections. First I discuss the thought processes and techniques that goes into creative water movement capture. The use of shutters speeds, iso, aperture for full DOF, focus point and filters used to get that perfect shutter speed without making other elements of your image suffer as a result.

Now that I have the shot and you understand how it was taken the two selected images are processed in Camera RAW and blended together in Photoshop to get our water perfect. Further Photoshop editing is done to the image to keep it looking natural but to also slightly enhance certain elements of the image.

This tutorial is available on the Rubbing Pixels website. Free to members, but can be purchased for $9.99. This is the link to the tutorial.

10 thoughts on “Soldiers Beach Capture and Edit Video Tutorial

  1. What an awesome shot Matt ! Once again, it’s a real pleasure to watch your photos !
    Well done mate ! The effect on retracting water is stunning !

  2. Hi Matt, just watched it!, the capture processes are a nice inclusion 🙂
    Just have a the vid you mention that you cant exposure blend with two diff apertures as you wont get pixel to pixel overlap…I dont quite get it because the dof will be different, but i still dont see how you wouldnt be able to blend them?
    cheers, Matt

    • Thanks for the feedback Matt. To answer your question when you change your aperture you are changing you images DOF. Even if you are already getting infinity focus from your selected aperture, stopping down or up from that your image is going to change slightly and isn’t going to align pixel for pixel. You might still be able to blend in areas such as the water but stationary areas might pose a problem and you will get slight ghosting.

      Hope this clears it up for you if not let me know.

      • dont they use different f stops when focus stacking? hmm but i dont think they blend the shots when people focus stack? what do u think?

      • Thanks for the feedback Matt. I cant really think of a time when you would want to blend images with different apertures together anyway (unless i guess to get a slower shutter for water or something and you only want to mask it to somewhere like water where your not worried about diffraction issues…)
        On that note, Do you ever use apertures smaller than f13 to increase DOF, or do you notice diffraction issues beyond f13?
        Cheers mate!

  3. Mitch… focus stacking is exactly that mate. It’s stacking images with different focus points to maximise your dof, the aperture stays the same. I personally have not heard of aperture stacking for dof.

  4. Matt – that was sensational, and I particularly appreciated you sharing your thought processes behind the whole shoot. Best 25 minutes I’ve spent in quite some time 😉

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