Blend Three Images Using Luminosity Masks

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Blend Three Images Using Luminosity Masks

In this tutorial I use Luminosity Masks in ADPpanel+Pro to blend three images together manually to create a balanced and natural looking image. 

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Blending multiple images in Photoshop is one of the best ways to create natural High Dynamic Range images. Using luminosity masks I blend three images together, dealing with the highlights and shadows separately. Firstly I blend the highlights to bring back the detail in the bright sky and into the rocks at the top of Antelope Canyon, then blending the shadows to bring out details in the shadows in the canyon, but ensuring that we leave the shadows as shadows so they look much more natural. 

This methodology can also be used to bring in additional images into the blend, meaning that you can use an unlimited number of images. Most cameras today are pretty good at capturing the dynamic range of the scene in 2 or 3 exposures, therefore more images is rarely required. Typically when we shoot directly into the sun we have a need for additional images due to the extremely bright highlights (the sun) and the dark shadows. In this case you can use 5 images or more to create a final blend, and the methodology used in this video is how it would be accomplished. 

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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