Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Using luminosity masks to enhance the Milky Way, part of Enhancing Night and Low-Light Photos with Photoshop.
- There's a lot that you can do to enhance…photographs of the night sky in both Adobe…Camera Raw and also in Photoshop.…This is especially true when you're working…with photographs of the Milky Way…such as we see here.…The nice thing about images of the Milky Way…is you have this really definite difference here…between the tonality in the sky and you…can really get a sense of the bright light…shining from the edge of the Milky Way galaxy there.…So, we're not really gonna do anything…to this in Camera Raw.…
This image has already been adjusted.…But, I wanted to open it in Camera Raw…just to direct your attention to a couple…of snapshots that I've created here in the snapshots tab.…The first snapshot is the Adobe Camera Raw default.…So, if you click on that you'll see what this image…looked like straight out of the camera,…the first time it came into Adobe Camera Raw.…And then if you click on adjusted version,…you'll see the adjustments that I have applied…to this are ready and I put this in here…so that you can come into the Camera Raw controls…
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