Blend 5 Images Using Luminosity Masks

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Blending Images With Luminosity Masks

When we photograph subjects that have very deep shadows or extremely bright highlights, such as shooting directly into the sun, we need to take many more exposures to capture the detail. This tutorial shows how to blend 5 images together to deal with the bright sun.  

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In this blend 5 images were required in order to capture the full dynamic range of the scene. This is very typical when you shoot directly into the sun and often requires many more images to capture the detail then a typical landscape. I use two image to blend to capture the majority of the detail in the foreground and the sky, but then I use an additional 3 images to deal with the highlights around the sun.

This technique can also be used to draw detail of dark shadows in your images. 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this video or future videos you may be interested in seeing, please leave a comment below. 

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  1. Jane Fraser January 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm #

    Thank you Aaron, I did wonder how to add to an existing mask and you have explained it well.

  2. Brian April 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm #

    Hi Aaron ,Again another fab tutorial i notice you are using Photoshop cc and ADP panel +pro, does this work through work with Photoshop CS6 and ADP panel +

    Regards Brian

    • Aaron Dowling Photography April 29, 2017 at 2:53 am #

      Hi Brian,

      Thanks for the compliments. Yes this technique can be used in the CS6 version of the panel. The creation of the Luminosity Masks is slightly different, but everything still applies and can be done just as easily with the CS6 panel.

  3. Brian April 30, 2017 at 8:42 am #

    Thanks again ,keep up the good work

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