Enhancing Night and Low-Light Photos with Photoshop

with Seán Duggan
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Enhancing Night and Low-Light Photos with Photoshop
Video duration: 0s 2h 12m Intermediate


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.

Topics include:
  • 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
Photoshop Lightroom Camera Raw


- [Voiceover] Hi, I'm Sean Duggan, and welcome to Enhancing Night and Low-Light Photos with Photoshop. Sometimes, images made at night or under low-light conditions need some extra care to get them looking their best, and that's what we're going to be covering in this course. We'll begin by taking a look at some general enhancements that can be made in Camera Raw, using neutral guides to establish a correct white balance adjusting overall brightness and contrast, as well as reducing noise and synchronizing settings across multiple files shot at the same location. Then we'll move on to techniques for using high-dynamic-range for night photography and using layers, blend modes, and masking for more customized combinations of different exposures of a night scene.

We'll finish up by taking a look at techniques that you can use for enhancing star photography, including layer stacking to create star trails, how to remove slightly blurry stars so you can replace them with a sharper version of the night sky, and using custom luminosity masks for enhancing photos of the Milky Way. It's gonna be a really fun and informative course that will help you take your night and low-light photography to a new level. So grab your night vision goggles, and let's get started.

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