Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Layer stacking to blend lighter areas, part of Enhancing Night and Low-Light Photos with Photoshop.
…Sometimes, you can capture all that you need for a photo with a single exposure.…But there are other situations where shooting multiple exposures of a scene,…and then combining them in post production,…provides additional flexibility.…Both, for solving certain problems, as well as for new creative opportunities.…We already saw an example of using multiple exposures for…an HDR approach to night photography earlier in the course.…Let's take a look at some other scenarios where you might consider shooting multiple…shots to fulfill your vision for an image.…When photographing light trails in a scene,…such as the lights from passing cars,…you often need to take multiple shots to get the light trails that look best.…
And sometimes you never quite get the perfect trails in a single shot.…So you have to combine several different images.…You can use layers in Photoshop and…a simple blend mode trick to quickly blend them all together.…So in these shots here I have 3 photos of different cars passing over the bridge.…
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