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STF: Strobing Nature

This 48 minute video tutorial follows Joel from start to finish on how he photographed and post processed this black and white image of a saguaro cactus in the Arizona desert. Watch the behind the scenes as he goes into the field using a battery powered strobe to overpower the sun and illuminate the cactus while under exposing the background. Joel uses a 24mm tilt-shift lens to capture three plates to produce one file image that is stitched using Photomerge in Photoshop. Joel also captures three images on each plate to create a 32 bit HDR giving ultra smooth gradients in the sky to produce the Ansel Adams dramatic black sky in the the final image.


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Your Instructor


Joel Grimes
Joel Grimes

Joel graduated from the University of Arizona in 1984 with a BFA in Photography, and soon established a commercial studio in Denver, Colorado. Joel has been selected as one of Canon’s exclusive Explorer Of Light photographers and a Westcott Top Pro Elite photographer. He has also been selected by Adobe as one of their Photoshop Feature Artists.

For over 30 years Joel has worked for many of the top advertising agencies and corporations across the globe. His assignments have taken him to every state across the USA and fifty countries around the globe. Joel currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.


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