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Today's cameras do a great job of capturing low-light and nighttime scenes, but there's always room for improvement—from basic processes like noise reduction and tonal adjustment, to advanced techniques, such as combining different exposures.
In this course, photographer and educator Seán Duggan explores a range of post-processing techniques aimed at expanding your creative options for night and low-light photography—and even "shooting" stars. He'll begin in Camera Raw for general enhancements (white balance, tonal and contrast adjustments, and noise reduction) and then turn to Photoshop to capitalize on its Merge to HDR feature, which can create spectacular high-dynamic-range images. Last, he includes techniques specifically for star photography: stacking layers to create star trails, removing and replacing blurry stars, and using luminosity masks on photos of the Milky Way.
This course if primarily software based, though I will be offering tips and suggestions that you can use for getting better results from your night or low light photography. For processing techniques, we'll mostly be using Adobe Photoshop for this course. Though we'll also be working with Adobe Camera Raw for overall processing that can be applied to raw files. If you're relatively new to Photoshop and Camera Raw and are still finding your way around, you may want to start with an entry level course and then return to this course once you're more familiar with the basics. Having a good understanding of the fundamentals of both programs will help you get more from this course.
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