Using Luminosity Masks to Replace Grad Filters

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Replace Grad Filters with Luminosity Masks

In this tutorial I use Luminosity Masks to show why I no longer use Graduated ND Filters in the field. I blend two images together, showing several techniques to modify exposure and the blended result. 

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Using 2 exposures I show you why I don’t use Graduated Filters in the field anymore. Using Luminosity Masks and several techniques I show a much more powerful and accurate way to create a balanced exposure and removing the dreaded darkening of any objects that protrude above your horizon line when using Graduated Filters. We can control the final balanced exposure of the image using several additional techniques allowing us to work on the sky and foreground separately. 

In this video I also show an advanced method of dodging and burning where I use two Luminosity Masks to control the area that is affected. This gives us much greater control, and allows us to make some very powerful adjustments. 

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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