My First Attempt at Luminosity Masks – Photoshop Challenge Part VII

A Powerful Tool How to do Luminosity masks is definitely the most important Photoshop Technique I’ve learned this month. Also the most difficult one, it was even a bit intimidating to get started. In short, luminosity masks are a way of controlling the luminosity or brightness of a selected tonal value in the picture. Kind of like the lights/darks sliders in Lightroom but you can define the range of each

Orton Effect on Foggy Photos? – Photoshop Challenge Part 6.5

The Orton Effect on Foggy Photos As I mentioned in the previous post I wanted to try the Orton Effect on foggy photos to see if it enhances the foggy look. And the results are, well, mixed. To some extent it does improve the photos. For example, in the first picture, the branches become less sharp and therefore less distracting. One have to be really careful how much to apply

Orton Effect: Sharp but Blurry – Photoshop Challenge Part VI

The Orton Effect I first heard about the Orton effect from  Nick Page in one of his Landscape Photography Podcasts. The effect itself has been around for a few decades already though. Its creator, Michael Orton first experimented with it in the 1980’s by sandwiching two slides on top of each other. One of these slides would be sharp while the other one out of focus. Resulting in a painterly

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Focus Stacking – Photoshop Challenge Part IV

Now and then I’ve been at places where I’ve notice focus stacking could have improved some of my pictures by extending the depth of field. Learning this Photoshop technique has been in my mind for some time now. No reason to further postpone learning such an easy thing! Photoshop does all the hard work of blending again. Just put your camera on a tripod and take several shots, each focused

Night Sky Panorama – Photoshop Challenge Part III

Night Sky Panorama Take 2 My second attempt at making a night sky panorama. And second because my first one pretty much failed, because Lightroom couldn’t stitch pictures containing only stars. The main fault most likely was my source material. This time I decided to include more of the ground so the program has something to anchor the image. No problem with lining up the pictures this time. Still I

Panorama Stitching- Photoshop Challenge Part II

Panorama Stitching Part I As I mentioned in the first Photoshop post, I’m already familiar with panorama stitching in Lightroom. I wanted to compare the tool in Photoshop by blending the same 17 frames in both programs. Not only the results are of interest here but also the settings available. Well, it turns it is more or less the same tool in both programs and the settings are pretty similar. Photoshop

Filling the Star Gaps! Photoshop Challenge Part 1.5

Filling the Star Gaps Finding a solution for filling the star gaps promlem turned out to be, well, interesting. I found a  free software, StarStax, that not only has a gap filling function but also blends star trail photos. For comparison, picture 1 is a closeup of the blending result from last post. The results (picture 2) are a bit mixed, yes it did fill the gaps but mostly in

Star Trail Stacking – Photoshop Challenge Part I

Star Trail Stacking Part I of the May Photoshop challenge Blending multiple exposures into a star trail photo, or star trail stacking, turned out to be much easier than I expected. Simply import and process. The computer does all the job but it does indeed require a lot of processing power and RAM. The reason for stacking rather than doing one long exposure is be able to control the exposure. If