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

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 is easy to understand [...]

How To Shoot For Digital Blending

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 do justice to the [...]

How To Prepare Your Images in ACR Before Digital Blending in Photoshop

Before we begin the digital blending process, it is important to prepare our RAW files correctly. Fortunately we have the wonderful, Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) to do the job! We can tap into the potential of our RAW files and correct colour, make sure we have no clipped highlights and shadows and reduce lens distortions. [...]

How Many Exposures Do I Need For Digital Blending?

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 needed to create a [...]

Luminosity Mask Workflow + How To Remove Lens Flare In Photoshop

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 of you who prefer [...]

Why Use Luminosity Masks in Exposure Blending

Benefits of using Luminosity Masks in Exposure Blending In the cold we wait; in the rain we hope, and during the night we look up at the sky and wonder when, if ever, those clouds will clear. As photographers we have little control over the conditions in which we shoot. We have our optimism, which, [...]