Article By Jimmy McIntyre

In today’s Challenge Jimmy we’ll look at a tutorial for editing Milky Way photos in Photoshop. Thank you to Larry Cox for sending me the RAW files.

We’re going to look at a couple of very useful techniques. Firstly, we’ll instantly blend exposures that will illuminate the foreground. Then we’ll see how easy it can be to make an accurate colour selection with this scene, so that we can further refine the blending.

The blending method in this tutorial allows us to essentially create a sky layer and a foreground layer. With these two areas separated on different layers, we can then make precise changes to each area, without affecting the other.

To take part in Challenge Jimmy, please email me at challengejimmymc (at) gmail (dot) com. Include a paragraph detailing what you found difficult, and attach a full sized JPEG of your final version.