Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Aligning misaligned layers, part of Enhancing Night and Low-Light Photos with Photoshop.
…For some types of night photography, you may want to combine different aspects of…the scene that either occurred at different times or…that you had to photograph in different ways.…You might choose to do this to show more detail in a specific part of the scene or…you might want to combine shots of moving vehicles with the still image of…the night landscape or cityscape.…Adding a layer mask to your layers allows you to control which parts of…each layer are visible in the final composite.…So we're going to open up these four files that I have selected in Bridge,…summit_01 through 04.…
And I'm going to go to the Tools menu in Adobe Bridge and…choose Photoshop > Load files into Photoshop Layers.…So let's take a look at what's going on in each of these images and…I'll explain why I photographed them the way I did, and…why I need to use multiple exposures to create the image that I have in mind.…So, in the top layer here, summit_01, that's obviously the darkest layer.…This is the one that had the shortest exposure time and if I come back here to…
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.
- Using neutral guides to set white balance
- Applying lens profile corrections
- Reducing noise
- Working with 16-bit and 32-bit HDR images
- Stacking layers and combining exposures
- Improving star photography