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Photographing and Assembling a Lunar Eclipse Composite
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Photographing and Assembling a Lunar Eclipse Composite

with Seán Duggan

Video: Welcome

Hi. We'll start off with a look at the camera gear that you need, then move on to With that in mind, let's get started with photographing and
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  1. 3m 22s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 36s
    3. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 18m 37s
    1. Camera considerations for eclipse photography
      1m 24s
    2. Lens considerations for eclipse photography
      3m 13s
    3. Other essential equipment
      4m 21s
    4. Planning test shoots to evaluate exposure and interval times
      3m 38s
    5. Choosing a location
      6m 1s
  3. 14m 50s
    1. Focusing procedures for sharp night photography
      4m 11s
    2. Adjusting the exposure of the moon during the shoot
      3m 42s
    3. Shooting the landscape elements
      5m 11s
    4. Using a second camera to get a reference for the position of the moon
      1m 46s
  4. 46m 24s
    1. Evaluating focus and exposure of the moon shots
      6m 34s
    2. Processing images in Lightroom or Camera Raw
      9m 47s
    3. Opening raw shots as layers in Photoshop
      7m 26s
    4. Choosing the best shots to refine the moon sequence
      5m 56s
    5. Selecting the moon and removing the background
      8m 38s
    6. Creating an evenly spaced sequence
      4m 38s
    7. Prepping the position-reference sequence
      3m 25s
  5. 39m 9s
    1. Merging two landscapes into a panorama
      8m 14s
    2. Creating a selection mask for the sky
      6m 37s
    3. Adjusting tone and color for night
      8m 33s
    4. Adding a new sky
      5m 58s
    5. Perfecting the sky mask
      9m 47s
  6. 39m 52s
    1. Modifying the moon sequence
      6m 56s
    2. Adding the sequence layers to the landscape
      3m 13s
    3. Using reference shots to determine the correct moon path
      4m 55s
    4. Creating a guide layer for the moon arc
      5m 14s
    5. Making final adjustments to the moon sequence
      5m 34s
    6. Making final tonal adjustments to the moon
      7m 23s
    7. Making final tonal adjustments to the landscape
      6m 37s
  7. 1m 21s
    1. Next steps
      1m 21s

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Photographing and Assembling a Lunar Eclipse Composite
2h 43m Intermediate Aug 29, 2014

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A lunar eclipse is a relatively common astronomical event that always brings out the cameras and the long telephoto lenses. But the next time a lunar eclipse comes around, go beyond just taking a close-up of a darkened moon. Create a composite that shows the phases of the eclipse—and better still, shows the composite in the context of the landscape underneath it.

That's what photographer and educator Seán Duggan did, and in this course, he deconstructs his photographic steps and post-processing procedures.

The course begins with advice on how to plan and photograph the eclipse, with the right gear, the right focusing techniques, and the right exposure. Next, Seán evaluates the images in Lightroom, and then dives into Photoshop and shows how to composite each image into a finished photo. Along the way, he explores blend modes, layer masking, and other compositing techniques.

Subjects:
Photography Raw Processing Masking + Compositing Night + Low Light
Software:
Photoshop Lightroom
Author:
Seán Duggan

Welcome

Hi. My name is Sean Duggan. And welcome to Photographing and Assembling an Eclipse Composite. In this course, we're going to cover how to photograph a lunar eclipse, as well as the night landscape in a scene, and then process the multiple images that you capture to create a composite view showing the progression of the eclipse over the landscape. We'll start off with a look at the camera gear that you need, then move on to some pre-shoot considerations such as choosing a location, and determining the correct exposure for the lunar surface.

For photographing the actual eclipse, we'll take a look at methods for establishing a correct focus at night, and adjusting the exposure as the brightness of the moon changes at different times throughout the eclipse. Once you've captured the images, we'll cover recommendations for evaluating and optimizing the shots in Lightroom. And then we'll bring everything together in Photoshop to complete the final composite. We'll work with layers, blend modes, and layer masks to create a composite showing the sequence of the eclipse over time, that can be combined with the shot of the night landscape. With that in mind, let's get started with photographing and assembling in Eclipse Composite.

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