08-Dec-14: Using the Gradient Tool and Luminosity Masks to Replace Grad Filters in the Field
Are you tired of:
- Spending a ridiculous amount of money on Graduated Filters?
- Fiddling around with them in the field to get them lined up properly?
- Getting colour casts in your images from the filters?
- Getting glare from the sun?
- The constant cleaning of the filters?
- Any object protruding above the horizon going dark?
This tutorial will show you how to replace the need to ever use a graduated filter in the field again with one simple technique using the gradient tool in Photoshop and two images (1 exposed for the sky, and 1 exposed for the foreground). We will also take it one step further, we’ll use a luminosity mask to bring back the detail of anything that protruded above the horizon, essentially giving us a custom graduated filter for any scene we photograph.
This is the first in a series of tutorials I will be putting together on the use of luminosity masks in editing.