Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding the sequence layers to the landscape, part of Photographing and Assembling a Lunar Eclipse Composite.
Now it's time to bring together the moon sequence and the landscape image. We'll copy the moon layers so that they'll be added to the landscape with the layer groups that we created earlier in the course. This will help to keep our layer stack organized in a logical manner. In the landscape image, you want to look at your layers panel and make sure that the top layer group for landscape adjustments is the active layer. The reason for this is that when you add layers to a file, the position of those new layers in the layer stack will always be on top of the previously active layer. So you wouldn't want to have one of these lower down layers active, otherwise they'd be placed on top of that.
So again, make sure that the landscape adjustments group is the active layer. Next, I'll come over to the moon sequence file and I will select sequence three layer group and then shift click on sequence one, and that will select all of those layers. I'll get the move tool and I'll just drag up to the name tab for the other file, and bring it down, and just drop them somewhere in the middle here. Now this is an approximate position. We still have to determine the path of the actual moon across the sky and do some adjustments there, but this is good for now.
One other thing I'm going to do is I'm going to create a master layer group for the entire sequence. Since the three sequence groups are already selected and active here in my layers panel, I'm going to go to the pop out menu for the layers panel and choose New Group from Layers, and I'll just call this Moon Sequence. Now, one problem I see happening here is that you cannot see any of the shadowed side of the moon. It's like it's disappeared entirely. Why is that happening? Well, it's because the blend modes for all of the moon layers were set to lighten in the other file, and so they've just inherited that blend mode when they were brought across.
So we need to change that. We can actually do that for the entire sequence here, by going up to the Blend mode menu for, the Moon Sequence Layer Group, and changing that from Pass Through, to Normal. And now you can see we have the shadowed side of the moon coming back. We still have some other problems showing up and that I've got this dark area on the side, but that's easily fixed. I'm just going to get the lasso tool and I'm going to drag a lasso selection around those moons.
I'll go up to the Select menu and choose Inverse, and then I'll open up the sequence layers to see where that dark thing is coming from. There it is in sequence two layer group, so I'll choose delete. And the other file is eclipse 33, or excuse me, the other layer. Choose delete, and also on eclipse 48. So there we go, we've deleted that. I'll just deselect there. And that fixes that issue.
The moons are now placed in our landscape image and we can finally begin to see how everything is coming together. By copying the moons along with their layer groups, and by placing them into a new layer group for the entire sequence, we've created logical layer structure that will help keep the layers panel organized and make it easier to work with these layers
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.