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Tony Kuyper Photography—The Basic Mask—"Lights" Luminosity masks are nothing more than selections based on the brightness values of the image. The basic luminosity mask, called "Lights", selects pixels in proportion to their brightness in the image. There are three different ways to create this basic luminosity mask (Figure 1). I'll list all three alternatives, but you only need to do one of them to create the selection.

Type Alt-Ctrl+~. The marching ants appear on the image to define the selection (Figure 2). Once you've created the selection of the light areas of the image, it's a good idea to save it. Click the Save Selection button at the bottom of the Channels palette. That's it! Technically, what was actually created in the above steps was an alpha channel of the selection. How to Create a Vintage Look using Lightroom. Before you create a vintage look using Lightroom, you have to decide what characteristics you think that look should have. It may mean different things to other people, but here’s my version. Photos with the vintage look are nostalgic, evoking the look of faded photos taken decades ago. There may be a colour cast or faded blacks, and they should look as if they may have been taken with film.

What is your definition of the vintage look? Using Lightroom Develop Presets The easiest way to create a vintage look is to buy Develop Presets or download free ones. By the way, if you are new to presets, my article A Concise Guide to Lightroom Develop Presets will give you an introduction to the subject. Free Vintage Develop Presets An easy place to start is with onOne Software’s free Develop Presets for Lightroom. You can also try these free vintage presets from Presets Heaven. This comparison shows you some of the effects you can create with these presets. A. Best Paid Vintage Develop Presets A. 1. How to use the Contrast Checker Technique to Give Your Images More Punch. I am about to reveal a technique that will have your images looking awesome in seconds every time you use it. I am even going to share the Photoshop Action with you so you can edit in lazy mode, I mean efficiency mode! Before I bare all, I need to give you some background information, and I am pretty sure you have been in the exact same position at some point in your photography hobby or career.

Not long ago, early 2010, I was horrible at photo editing. I was literally tossing my camera in a box and packing it away. My problem was that I was extremely frustrated with the quality of my images. Not necessarily the composition or the subject matter, but I couldn’t get my images to look “good” like all the photographers who were crushing views on Flickr. Thank goodness 500px was not around at the time, I really would have hated my photos. Just before I sealed the tape on my box of photo gear I discovered High Dynamic Range imaging. So how do you combat this? It’s all about contrast Step one. 8 Post-Processing Tips For Creating Beautiful Landscape Photos. Jimmy Mcintyre is a travel photographer and educator. His photos have been published in local and national magazines, including the BBC. His online courses on digital blending and post-processing can be found in his official website. In this tutorial, Jimmy shares his expert tips and videos on post-processing landscape photos.

Read on and get inspired! There is nothing quite like the power of a stunning landscape or seascape image in transporting us momentarily to a world of wonder, magic, danger, beauty…the list is almost endless. Nature enchants us. As photographers, our imaginations often swirl with ideas when we witness one of its magnificent creations.

How much we choose to infuse our imaginations with nature’s true scene in our photography is a matter of personal enjoyment. 1. I created this tutorial to show you how to control lens flare in the field and in post-processing. 2. This is the example image we’ll be working with: Puerto Natales, Chile Steps (1) Create new layer. 3. 4. 5. A Concise Guide to Lightroom Develop Presets. The Presets panel (found in the left-hand panels in the Develop module) is one of the most useful in Lightroom. The most obvious benefit of Develop Presets is that they can save you time, which is always a good thing. But they do more than that, including help you maintain a consistent approach to post-processing and using creative effects.

Develop Presets tend to fall into one of two categories. The first are what you might call one-shot presets, which seem to work well on one or two images but not many others. A good example is Develop Presets intended to create a vintage or cross-processed look. They tend to improve some photos, but look horrible on most others. The second category is what you could call genuinely useful presets. In this guide to Lightroom Develop Presets we’ll go over some your options. Free Develop Presets If you haven’t used Develop Presets before then you likely don’t have many to play with. OnOne Software Signature Collection Presets Heaven Vintage Presets. 14 best Lightroom tutorials. For quick and easy editing to speed up the post-processing workflow, Lightroom is a fantastic option for your digital darkroom, and is used by many working pros as their go-to editing software. From adjusting colour and correcting exposure, to cleaning your image of dust and bringing out subtle details, Lightroom’s non-destructive photo editing and extensive range of tools offers photographers complete control over their images.

So much so that Canon announced it was integrating its irista platform into Lightroom, allowing photographers to synchronise their edits between the two. If you’re unfamiliar with using Lightroom, then don’t worry – we’ve scoured the internet to find the best Lightroom tutorials around that will really help you to get the most out of your shots. 1. Correct perspective using Upright If your photos are plagued by wonky horizons, Lightroom offers a quick and easy fix. 2. 3. 4.

Pages: 1 2 3 4Next People who read this also liked... Removing Noise from Non-Dark Framed Long Exposures. Exposure Blending Using Luminosity Masks Tutorial. A Post By: Jimmy McIntyre There will be a time when the wizards behind your camera technology conjure up a sensor so powerful they will swallow up any scene and spit it out just as it was – no over, or underexposed areas.

Until then, in order to produce an image with a high dynamic range of light, you have to work with the sensors available to you and create your own post-processing magic. Image created by blending two exposure with luminosity masks, one for the sky and one for the foreground. While you, and many photographers, may have relied heavily on HDR programs in your exposure blending quest, many more are now beginning to turn to luminosity masks as a cleaner alternative. While some HDR programs nowadays produce very natural, clean HDR images, luminosity masks do not affect the original files at all, so there is literally zero image degradation during the blending process. What are Luminosity Masks? Luminosity masks break an image down into various channels of luminosity. 1. 2. 3. Nondestructive Editing in Photoshop-- Part I. Article and Photography by Ron Bigelow www.ronbigelow.com Photoshop CS4 Used in this Tutorial The ability to digitally edit photographic images is one of the biggest advantages of digital photography.

Edits can now be made in seconds or minutes that would have taken large amounts of time and effort in a wet darkroom. However, from a quality perspective, not all digital editing techniques are equal. All types of image edits can be classified into one of two categories: destructive edits and nondestructive edits. Destructive vs. To better understand the difference between destructive and nondestructive editing, it is best to start off with the definitions of these two types of edits. Destructive Edits: Destructive edits change the original image data.

Figure 1: Landscape Image An example of each type of edit will help clarify these concepts. Figure 2: Tools Panel Figure 3: Layers Panel This will produce the image seen in Figure 4. Figure 4: Image with Darkened Sky -- Destructive Edit. Lightroom Killer Tips | Lightroom Presets, Videos, Tips and News.

How To Create Your First Luminosity Mask. Get the Perfect Photoshop Selection By Working Backwards. In Photoshop its often critical to make an accurate selection. This let’s you target the precise area of an image for manipulation (and is one of the main reasons to jump from Lightroom to Photoshop). The best selection often comes by selecting the pixels that you want don’t want. Additionally you can reuse an existing selection to modify an outside area as well. In this tutorial from my new lynda.com class (Practical Photoshop Selections), I share a few of my favorite techniques. Check out this page to see more free movies. This Post Sponsored by: Photoshop World, the ultimate Photoshop, Photography & Lighting Conference. ViewBug Stick With ViewBug & Photofocus throughout 2014 – because we’re announcing the biggest contest in Photofocus history — coming soon!

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Mosaic A complete solution for photographers using Lightroom who want to manage and share their photos. Like this: Related. Developing Digital Black & White » Krishna Mohan Photography. Trogon in Black & White In my previous write up, we discussed Digital black & white Photography. Let us now consider the best techniques for converting a colour photograph to black & white. In-camera digital black & white photography will often not yield the best example of black & white photo, which is why it’s advisable to shoot in RAW format, and get a colour image, which can then be processed to an optimal quality black & white photograph.

Unprocessed Trogon Image Ever wondered how professional photographers manage to bag those dreamy black and white or sepia toned photographs, while your images turn out dull and flat looking? It is important to understand the fact that the camera sees light and colours differently than the human eye, for example, Black and white film sees blue tones in a much lighter than our eyes. Since I prefer using ‘Adobe Photoshop Lightroom’ for my post processing needs, allow me to demonstrate how to use the tool to create better black & white images. Developing Digital Black & White » Krishna Mohan Photography.

The Basics Of Luminosity Masks In Digital Blending. Jimmy McIntyre is travel photographer. He is currently undertaking a two-year project in Asia—writing two photography guidebooks for China and South Korea. He has taught digital blending workshops in four continents, and he also offers online courses. You can download his free Easy Panel for Photoshop program, which will create Luminosity Masks for you at the click of a button. But if you’d like to take your Luminosity Mask mastery to a new level, check out his comprehensive Luminosity Masks Tutorial below. by Jimmy McIntyre One day, in the hopefully not-too-distant future, we will carry with us a camera so light and compact that younger generations will laugh at the way we once lugged huge bricks across vast distances to capture a timeless moment.

Modern cameras aren’t too far from that now. 2 blended exposures using Luminosity Masks and one long exposure What are Luminosity Masks? Below is a recent shot from Petra in Jordan. Petra, Jordan How do I get Luminosity Masks? Example Image 1 1. 500px ISO » Stunning Photography, Incredible Stories » 4 Advanced Uses Of Luminosity Masks For Creating Beautiful Images. 500px BLACK FRIDAY SALE: 30% Off 500px Plus and Awesome account upgrades, renewals, and gift subscriptions. Ends soon. Shop now! Jimmy Mcintyre is a travel photographer, educator, and 500px ISO contributor. His photos have been published in local and national magazines, including the BBC. His online courses on digital blending and post-processing can be found in his official website. Luminosity Masks have been revolutionary for many photographers in recent years. If you are taking your first steps in this exciting technique, I encourage you to read these two articles before reading on:Exposure Blending with Luminosity MasksWhy Use Luminosity Masks?

Once your skills with Luminosity Masks increase, you begin to realize that they are excellent exposure blending tools. Actions Before we begin, creating Luminosity Masks is a challenging process. 1. Take, for example, the image below. These are the four exposures I used in the blending process: As you can see, the result is less than great. 2. ISO » Stunning Photography, Incredible Stories » The Basics Of Luminosity Masks In Digital Blending.

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