Blending Multiple Exposures

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I'm a big fan of graduated ND filters. It just feels good to get the exposure right in camera and GND filters have become my most important piece of equipment besides my camera and tripod over the last years.

I usually use one or two GND filters stacked in front of the lense when I shoot sunrise or sunset scenes and this gives quite good results ... mostly.

Sometimes, when the horizon isn't even enough the filters produce some dark shadows and I lose detail in those areas. Or sometimes when I do a long exposure shoot, changing light conditions during the exposure lead to an image which either is to dark or has some lost highlights in the sky.

That's why I often take two or more exposures in addition to using filters. My rule is...

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  1. Great tutorial Michael, good to see how others use Tony’s masks. Instead of the burn tool I like to use the paint brush in overlay mode to get the same effect.

  2. Good vid, Michael. I like how you used the Burn/Dodge tool to refine your painted luminosity mask. It obviously provides a great way to customize the mask to fit the situation you're trying to address and should maintain the self-feathering inherent in the masks. I can certainly see trying this technique in other situations to make lum masks even more specific for an adjustment.

    Beautiful image, BTW. I like the comp a lot, and you developed some wonderfully rich colors and details in this.

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