Luminosity Masks – Why Can’t I Paint Inside The Selection?

Article By Jimmy McIntyre As beginners to luminosity masks, there are a number of challenges we face in understanding their application. LMs are a wonderful tool for any landscape or cityscape photographer, but one of the most common questions I'm asked by newcomers to LMs is, 'why can't I paint inside the mask selection?' It [...]

How To Shoot For Digital Blending

Article By Jimmy McIntyre Capturing the scene correctly in-camera is certainly the most important step in any photography workflow - a Digital Blending workflow is no different. No amount of post-processing can save a mood-less, blurry scene. It is important that we understand the incredible machine that is our camera, so that we can truly [...]

Digital Blending Using Apply Image to Create Beautifully Natural Images

Article By Jimmy McIntyre On Shutter...Evolve I've had the pleasure of writing tutorials on 3 different exposure blending methods, The Rapid Blend If Technique, Gradient Masking, and of course, the Daddy of them all, Luminosity Masks. However, another superb way of blending exposures is through using the Apply Image function in Photoshop. We can use [...]

By | September 4th, 2014|Digital Blending, Tutorials, Uncategorized|4 Comments

How To Create Your Own Luminosity Masks

Article by Jimmy McIntyre: Please note, you can download my free luminosity mask actions (and other great actions) that will create the same masks that you see here. You will also receive, once a week, an email from me with free tutorials and articles that I find around the web that I think will help [...]

By | August 14th, 2014|Digital Blending, Tutorials|3 Comments

How Many Exposures Do I Need For Digital Blending?

Article by Jimmy McIntyre: How many exposures to take, and the EV difference between exposures is one of the first things people consider when they begin their journey into digital blending. Getting it right in-camera is an absolute must. Otherwise, you may return home with a set of exposures that won't give you the options [...]

Combining 32 Bit Processing With Luminosity Masks to Create Beautiful images

I'm thrilled to announce that next week I will be giving away a free digital blending workflow tutorial for one of my most popular images, which made it to number one on and flickr's Explore. This is one of the tutorials in my Art of Digital Blending course and it will teach you how [...]

By | July 25th, 2014|Digital Blending, Most Popular Tutorials|0 Comments

How To Add Dramatic Car Trails To Your Photos In Photoshop

Article By Jimmy McIntyre Using the same example image as we used in our last tutorial on How To Add Clouds To A Sky In Photoshop, this time we're looking at how to add dramatic car trails to your photos in Photoshop in just a few steps. Making sure you shoot multiple long exposures (you [...]

By | June 24th, 2014|Cityscapes, Digital Blending, Tutorials|1 Comment

Luminosity Mask Workflow + How To Remove Lens Flare In Photoshop

Article by Jimmy McIntyre: I started creating this video tutorial to show you how to remove lens flare from your images. However, the process was so quick, I decided to extend the tutorial to a full Digital Blending workflow using Luminosity Masks. Under the video you will see the written lens removal tutorial, for those [...]

Tutorial on How to Blend Exposures in Interior Photography

Article By Jimmy McIntyre In this tutorial you will learn how to quickly and easily blend multiple exposures in Photoshop to create a balanced interior image. Using the Rapid Blend If technique, you can control highlights in other types of photography, too. Experiment with landscapes and cityscapes, as well as interiors, to see how effective [...]

By | April 28th, 2014|Digital Blending, Uncategorized|5 Comments

Luminosity Masks Tutorial – Specific Contrast Adjustments

Anyone who regularly uses luminosity masks knows exactly how powerful they are in producing beautiful imagery. Since they are an advanced selection technique, however, they can be used for much more than exposure blending. In fact, their power lies in their flexibility. If you're reading this and thinking 'what on earth are luminosity masks?' feel [...]

By | April 1st, 2014|Digital Blending, Tutorials|0 Comments
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