Category Exposure Blending

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

Part Five: Introduction to Exposure Blending with Luminosity Masks

In this fifth installment to my exposure blending series, I’ll be creating my own set of luminosity masks in Adobe© Photoshop CS6 to blend three different exposures together in order to achieve the result seen below – the foreground trees and rock detail (EV +2) with the background sky (EV -2), and then finally blending …

7
Jul

Part Four: Advanced Blending with Refined Layer Masks

When blending multiple exposures together in Adobe® Photoshop using layer masks, you’ll eventually run into a situation where refining your mask with freehand brushwork becomes too difficult and time-consuming. This is especially true for intricate, jagged horizons that are interrupted by trees, rocks, and other elements – such as the example image below. Brushing over …

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 …