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Raw & Post Processing, Printing => Digital Image Processing => Topic started by: armand on April 15, 2017, 09:36:37 PM

Title: Blending tutorials
Post by: armand on April 15, 2017, 09:36:37 PM
After wasting too many hours trying to figure out how to blend several exposures in Photoshop I'm ready to give up.
Any tutorials or courses that you would recommend, beginner and slightly above level, that deals with blending different exposures, including luminosity masks?
Thank you
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: Jeff-Grant on April 15, 2017, 09:44:51 PM
Sean Bagshaw is the man. His tutorials are great.
http://www.outdoorexposurephoto.com/video-tutorials/
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: Pictus on April 15, 2017, 11:36:41 PM

Also try http://www.throughstrangelenses.com/category/hdr-tutorial/
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: VincentR on April 16, 2017, 11:21:35 AM
A few of my favs:

https://petapixel.com/2017/04/07/video-explains-27-photoshop-blending-modes-detail/

https://digital-photography-school.com/digital-blending-photoshop-composite-photo/

https://digital-photography-school.com/layer-blend-modes-photoshop-light-painted-images/
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: Kevin Gallagher on April 16, 2017, 11:50:00 AM
 Hi Armand, there used to be some excellent ones here on LULA but I don't see them listed any longer. Perhaps because most were done by Michael.


  Kevin in CT
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: Mark D Segal on April 16, 2017, 11:56:40 AM
I am 99% certain that to the greatest extent technically possible everything that Michael did on this website has been preserved through its various transformations and updates.
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: Kevin Gallagher on April 16, 2017, 12:45:31 PM
 Hi Mark, I looked back in the "articles" section until I got tired of clicking through them page by page of a few "articles". Maybe an index with love links is in order?

 Kevin in CT
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: rdonson on April 16, 2017, 01:09:26 PM
Hi Mark, I looked back in the "articles" section until I got tired of clicking through them page by page of a few "articles". Maybe an index with love links is in order?

 Kevin in CT

A quick "search" in Videos yielded this:

https://luminous-landscape.com/blended-exposures/

https://luminous-landscape.com/videos/luminous-landscape-video-journal-issue-6/digital-blending/

https://luminous-landscape.com/digital-blending/





Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: Chrissand on April 16, 2017, 04:19:49 PM
It would also be fruitful to do a search for HDR

https://luminous-landscape.com/videos/camera-print-screen/camera-print-screen-32-image-processing-high-dynamic-range-hdr/

https://luminous-landscape.com/videos/guide-to-lightroom-4-introduction-advanced/hdr-photoshop-cs6/

https://luminous-landscape.com/videos/guide-to-lightroom-4-introduction-advanced/high-dynamic-range-32-bit/
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: mdijb on April 16, 2017, 06:49:12 PM
Here is another link to an excellent site where Luminosty masks are used for image blending

http://www.aarondowlingphotography.com/the-luminosity-channel/

His videos are worth watching, but his panel is not the only one available to do this work.

MDIJB
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: armand on April 17, 2017, 12:06:30 PM
Thank you. I saw a glimpse of light but much more is to learn.
Either way I finally got a 3 exposure blend that looks like a photo (from a certain distance ;)); the LR HDR is still better but if I figure it out how to keep more contrast in the blended highlight areas I think blending is superior is it keeps more color in the highlights areas and is has much more flexibility with the highlight control (the HDR process tends to blow highlights despite adequate exposure for the highlights in the series).
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: nirpat89 on April 17, 2017, 12:30:00 PM
Check out Jimmy McIntyre.  He uses the luminosity masks a lot for his blending techniques.
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: Garnick on April 17, 2017, 03:47:54 PM
Check out Jimmy McIntyre.  He uses the luminosity masks a lot for his blending techniques.

+1 for sure!  This is Jimmy's site - http://www.shutterevolve.com/raya-pro-the-ultimate-digital-blending-workflow-panel-for-photoshop/, and the RayaPro Panel for Photoshop is great, although I haven't had a great deal of experience with it yet.  In my opinion, luminosity masks are the way to go for exposure blending.  Lots of tutorials there as well, and if you sign up you will receive free tuts on a fairly regular basis.  There are of course a lot of tuts online for this sort of work, but I believe this might be the best approach.  At least worth a good look.

Gary
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: David Eckels on April 18, 2017, 09:35:20 AM
I have used Tony Kuyper's panels for a few years now and love them. His tutorials, some by Sean Bagshaw, are very informative. They can be found here (http://goodlight.us/writing/tutorials.html). I also read a couple books: The Hidden Power of Blend Modes by Scott Valentine and Layers: The Complete Guide to Photoshop's Most Powerful Features by Matt Kloskowski. Both are helpful and emphasize different facets of blending, which is really a subset of the MK book.
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: Mike D. B. on April 18, 2017, 02:04:58 PM
Here's another article, written by John Paul Caponigro: The Beauty of Blensing Modes (http://www.digitalphotopro.com/revolution/the-beauty-of-blending-modes/)
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: nma on April 18, 2017, 03:04:44 PM
Here's another article, written by John Paul Caponigro: The Beauty of Blensing Modes (http://www.digitalphotopro.com/revolution/the-beauty-of-blending-modes/)

Very interesting article. That said, there seems to be some "mission creep" here: The OP is about blending multiple exposures, not maintaining hue, saturation and luminosity.
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: paristo on May 08, 2017, 12:56:49 PM


https://luminous-landscape.com/videos/luminous-landscape-video-journal-issue-6/digital-blending/

Oh boy oh boy how did it look great and fresh to see a 4:3 ratio video! So much more content, tighter to the topic and no problems with "Where the person is?" when eye doesn't wander around the video like today 16:9.
Those are as well well made tutorials for the basic but core features of the digital image editing.
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: Chrissand on May 08, 2017, 03:04:22 PM
Oh boy oh boy how did it look great and fresh to see a 4:3 ratio video! So much more content, tighter to the topic and no problems with "Where the person is?" when eye doesn't wander around the video like today 16:9.
Those are as well well made tutorials for the basic but core features of the digital image editing.

Interesting point and well put. Thank-you.
I must say that a single person is far easier to frame in 4:3. Maybe something to consider once more.
Video has become much like the stills world in that the ratio to be used is pretty much at the creator's discretion.

And I cannot resist: most technique tutorials are to be found on LuLa—even if they are 10 to 15 years old!
Title: Re: Blending tutorials
Post by: Jeffrey Saldinger on May 08, 2017, 05:59:12 PM
While I don't do HDR, for compositing (which I do occasionally) I have found the following extremely helpful: Photoshop Masking and Compositing by Katrin Eismann et al. (New Riders, 2013).