Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Correcting a blown-out sky with HDR exposures in Adobe Lightroom, part of Photoshop Compositing Project: Replacing a Sky.
- Before we get into compositing a sky…from a different image, let's discuss the role…that an HDR exposure process can play…in creating an exposure with a more balanced result…between the sky and the landscape.…For many scenes you do not need to actually replace the sky…in a scene with a sky from a completely different image.…If the problem is primarily…one of a very wide contrast range in the scene,…then you can handle it with a series of HDR exposures.…
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range…and it's a process where you take a series of photographs,…typically, usually a minimum of three,…although sometimes there could be more…depending on how extreme the contrast range in the scene is.…But you take a series of photographs,…and you change the exposure…so that they are at least one F-stop apart.…In some scenes with really high contrast differences…you might do two F-stops apart.…
So if we take a look at these three exposures right here,…you see I have a very bright one,…where I have good shadow detail in the cliff…
Not to worry. With Photoshop you can replace a sky that doesn't work with one that does. In this course, photographer, author, and educator Seán Duggan shows you how to perform this common compositing task. You'll see examples of sky replacements that don't work, and then learn how to create ones that do. Get a photographer's insight on masking, lighting, and blending adjustments naturally into the background of an existing photo.
- Masking, lighting, and perspective
- Correcting a blown-out sky with HDR exposures
- Shooting replacement images
- Using masks, blend modes, and adjustments layers