Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Photoshop tutorial: Sky Rescue

Here's a step-by-step video tutorial I've put together showing how to combine two shots, one exposed for the sky and one exposed for the ground, so that you end up with one shot with the best bits from both.

Getting the shots

As I've mentioned before I always shoot in RAW (see an explanation of RAW) so for me it's easy. From the one RAW shot I create both exposures, one for sky and one for ground.

If you don't have RAW you can either shoot hand-held, using automatic bracketing and being very sure to not move between shots or you can use a tripod to get both exposures.

Play the video tutorial!

However you get the two shots, they're your starting point for the tutorial. So without further ado, play away!

Sky Rescue

I hope you've found the techniques shown to be effective, quick and simple to follow. As I said at the end, I will do a follow-up tutorial to finish off the work in the digital darkroom on this shot, showing a really nifty technique to get perfect contrast on the way.

Watch this space!

comments / critique / feedback / tweets / buzzes always welcome :)
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