Luminosity masks are a post-processing technique in Photoshop that is commonly used by landscape photographers on a single RAW image or to create a high dynamic range image with digital blending. It is essentially a method of making selections based on the luminosity value of the pixels.
By default, we are used to Photoshop doing the heavy lifting, with all sorts of techniques and tricks being used. However, Lightroom is a tool that can’t be underestimated in this field too. Ok, it doesn’t have the flexibility that Photoshop does, but it’s certainly very capable at retouching portraits.
Of course, it’s best if you get everything right in camera first time: light, color, pose, everything – however, it’s not always going to swing your way! So, plan your shoots accordingly if you can in order to avoid heavy repairs in post production, since you never know how they will turn out.
We all know how immensely powerful Photoshop is. From a simple contrast tweak to advance photo composites, we can do it all within the confines of this amazing software. Sometimes the array of options and techniques can seem bewildering and today we are going do a step by step walk through of four useful techniques that […]
Post production is a massively important part of every serious photographers workflow and is something you ignore at your peril. While it will not save a bad photograph, some well applied post production can make a good shot shine. We have put together some of our favourite resources so you can get up to scratch. […]
Time is money and if it’s not, it is still precious. One of the most time consuming aspects of our photographic lives is post production. If we don’t do it, it builds up into a unmanageable mess. If we do do it, it can take large chunks out of our potential shooting time. Whist post […]
There are few techniques that divide the photographic community as much as HDR or High Dynamic Range photography. One person’s hyperrealism is another’s garish monstrosity. Some photographers use it to enhance tricky lighting situations, others to make striking shots from compositionally naive images. Either way, mention HDR and there is a good chance you will […]
One of the often, under valued aspects of digital photography is the ability to create photo books. Back in the day, a photography book a was a huge, expensive but exquisitely printed tomb that adorned coffee tables in living rooms around the world. More often than not the books would contain the best images of […]
High key photography and low key photography are stylistic approaches that are used to convey a moment, a mood and ambience. High key uses brights and lights to take out all the harsh shadows in a photograph and can be created using natural bright moments or with unnatural application of bright lighting and flash. It […]
Archiving your photographs properly helps with a smooth and consistent workflow, because all of your files are just a few clicks away. Who wouldn’t want that? The basic premise behind good backing-up habits, is to reduce the time searching for things you need, thus increasing your productivity. So let’s take a look at how that […]