Category Exposure Blending

29
Jul

How Luminosity Masks Benefit Exposure Blending

Many landscape photographers depend on luminosity masks for their processing workflow, and they can be particularly beneficial for exposure blending. For the remainder of my exposure blending series, I’ll show you how to create your own set of luminosity masks in Adobe© Photoshop CC and blend two different exposures together in order to achieve the …

29
Jul

Preparing Your Brackets for Exposure Blending

Before you begin your exposure blending, you’ll need to make a few adjustments to ensure that the autobrackets you captured in the field will represent the entire tonal range of your scene. Successful HDR blending is dependent on the quality of your brackets, so a bit of preparation goes a long way once you get …

7
Jul

Part Six: Applying Luminosity Masks for Exposure Blending

This is the second part to my series on exposure blending with luminosity masks – read the first tutorial here. Now that the selections have been made and saved as alpha channels, it’s time to turn them into a luminosity mask and blend the exposures together for an HDR photo. Turning a selection into a …

7
Jul

Exposure Blending Tutorial: Creating Luminosity Masks

Creating your own luminosity masks in Adobe® Photoshop begins in the channels palette, where you create what are called “alpha channels”. These selections, which are based on the luminance level of each pixel, can then be carried over to your layers palette and applied as a mask – hence the term “luminosity mask”. In this …

7
Jul

Simple Exposure Blending with Layer Masks

Now that our brackets are primed and ready, it’s time to begin the exposure blending workflow in Adobe® Photoshop. To start, I want to first introduce a simple blend of two exposures (one frame exposed for sky detail, and another for ground detail). It mimics the effect of a soft GND filter, and this method …

7
Jul

Part Three: Combining Images in Photoshop

To download an expanded version of this guide as a free eBook, click here. This is the third part to my exposure blending series. If you’re not familiar with the technique and want to know how it can benefit you, make sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 here: Exposure Blending Part 1: Why …

7
Jul

Part Two: How to Autobracket Your Photos

Why Auto-Bracket Your Images? How to Auto-Bracket Your Photos Combining Images in Photoshop Advanced Blending Introduction to Luminosity Masks Applying Luminosity Masks Free eBook: Exposure Blending The most important part to digital exposure blending is to auto-bracket the correct way, giving you a solid base to edit your image in post process. You can’t create a stunning …

7
Jul

Part One: Why Auto-Bracket Your Images?

Why Auto-Bracket Your Images? How to Auto-Bracket Your Photos Combining Images in Photoshop Advanced Blending Introduction to Luminosity Masks Applying Luminosity Masks Free eBook: Exposure Blending This is a three part series on the somewhat complicated, but incredibly beautiful art of exposure blending your images. This article here helps to explain the theory behind it …

12
Jun

GND Filters vs. Exposure Blending: Which is Better?

Hi Christopher – I’ve heard a lot of debate going on about whether or not it’s better to use graduated ND filters or to blend exposures in Photoshop. Which do you think is better? I’m most concerned about image quality…is exposure blending worse than using an GND filter? Will I lose any detail or sacrifice …