Apr 15, 2013

Combine Multiple Exposures in Photoshop for Amazing Landscapes

Multiple Exposures

Although it is sometimes frowned upon, the combining of multiple Exposures can really take your photos to the next Level when used in good taste. Like all good things in life, the key to combining multiple Exposures is to not overdo anything. By using Curves to Lighten our Shadows and Darken our Highlights, we get an image that has a lot of visible detail but still doesn’t appear fake. Adding Colors helps to give the image a solid color scheme, again, without overdoing it.

Selective Sharpening

Sharpening is a great way to add very small highlights to an image. By using the standard high pass sharpening method and masking it out where we don’t want it, we get sparkling Highlights only where the beams of Light hit the ground. We can then do the opposite, creating a fuzzy layer and masking it in where we don’t want to Draw attention, such as the upper corners of the image.

Big thanks to Michael Woloszynowicz for the photo in today’s episode. Michael, contact us to receive a free Phlearn PRO Tutorial and HDR Photography Workshop DVD from SLR Lounge!

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    cool! I already knew some of the techniques you shown here, but it is always a pleasure to listen to your tutorials!

    thanks, many.

    ciao ciao


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    Edd Carlile

    I love the before image untouched…..what a beautiful location! ( i would composite in a human in one of those shafts of light for scale and a sense of the othe rworldy)

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    Barry Glassman

    Great way to take images before I knew HDR and create something more special. Question: What software / techniques do you use to create the video with both you and the computer screen? Easy to do?

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    ayang315 .

    Aaron, keep up the awesome work! I learn something new every time you produce a video. Let the haters hate.

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    Thomas Tapio

    Both images are great and it is hard to say if any of them is “better”. From a HDR point of view the picture is not the ideal one to bring out HDR advantages. Personallly I do like HDR very much.

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    Ray McClure

    How many lattes did you have brother? You talk faster than I can listen!
    Thats ok. I love it. I will just have to rewatch it several times.
    I agree, I like the contrast of the dark and light areas of the original picture, but the techniques you taught us are very cool and I will put them into my bag of tricks! (Felix the Cat, any old folks out there?)

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    Taylor Moore

    Great stuff…all I would say is you speak a bit to fast. i am pretty goos with PS, but i missed some of it because you just speak and go to fast. Especially the stamp section…

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    While I do have to agree, I like the (probably heavily edited) original more, the techniques taught here are great (and I love your talking/teaching style, most tutorial videos make me fall asleep/lose attention). Could have saved me so much work on my last job…

    Btw. I’m doing a similar thing with Lightroom. I tend to have extremely high contrast scenes that I want to shoot (interiors), so I do exposure rows and create a 32 bit photo. Lightroom is able to work with that just fine, so that I can use the brush to bring down the exposure of certain areas and brighten up others. Works extremely well. I’m not sure Photoshop works so well with 32 bit files…

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    Adang Sudrajat

    I am using photoshop CS6, having difficulties to follow the steps. I just wonder what version are you using? is that any difference on how to using command, option and other shortcut?

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      Hey Adang! In Phlearn we’re using currently, Photoshop CC2014 BUT the keyboard commands are the same across the various versions.

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    Is there a similar way to do this with the depth of field?
    I mean can we combine multiple images to have a extended depth of field?


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      You sure Can Yannick! We even have an older video on the topic, and now that you’ve brought it up….could be a great new video idea!
      You can use Focus Stacking to do some pretty incredible things in photoshop. Have a look at our video here featuring an AWESOME unicorn! And from there you can figure out how to do it with your landscapes!

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    I have windows and don’t know commands on Mac.Can you do it in both OS.

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    This is great. I have one question. When you created the layers with shift+alt+control+e. I tried several times to get the name of the layer but still missed it. I’ve just recently found Phlearn and totally love your tutorials. Thank you

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    A small tip though, when you combine exposures you don’t really need to stamp visible, make a curve, blend them and apply image to a mask. You can just make the curve and apply image to the mask of it. The result is the same visually but the image size will be much smaller

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    Lenny DiBrango

    Good tutorial. One request. Can you talk a little slower and more distinctly ? My hearing is not as good as it once was.