by Zack Schnepf
Last week I finally released my long awaited Multiple Exposure Blending and Tonality Control Video. I wanted to make a post to help explain what this video is all about. The idea for this video came from teaching Photoshop workshops. The topic that gets requested most often is multiple exposure blending. Like me, most of my students are not satisfied with the results they get from HDR software. Images get over tone mapped, and lose their natural tonality range due to the automated nature of the software. The techniques I developed are designed to take control of the tonality of your images, so the final image looks like the way you envision it.
Over the course of 3 hours and 40 minutes I guide the viewer through my advanced multiple exposure workflow in detail. I illustrate the powerful tools and techniques I use to control tonality throughout the entire workflow. This workflow is the result of my 12+ years teaching Photoshop. These techniques are quite advanced, and can be a challenge, but they produce incredible results that are not possible with HDR software.
The techniques I cover include:
- Luminosity masks and selections
- Refined Selections
- Advanced selection building
- Image repair and cloning
- Advanced burning
- Freehand masking
- And more
I’ve also included the 4 raw files I use for the project. These files are for practice only of course. This allows a student to follow along on his or her own and practice with the exact same files I’m demonstrating with. This has been very helpful in my Photoshop workshops. You can see the final image below.
This video is #2 in a series, but is the first to be released due to demand. The beginning Photoshop video, and an additional advanced video on compositing and other advanced tips and tricks will be released later this year.
As such, this video is not intended for Photoshop beginners. Students need to be familiar with the basic tools in Photoshop, as well as masks, adjustment layers, and basic selections. All of the processing is done within Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw. My workflow is based in CS5, but almost all of the techniques are compatible with previous versions of Photoshop. This is not compatible with Photoshop Elements.
For more information visit my site www.zschnepf.com
Check this out, 3.5 hours in 1.5 minutes. Time-lapse of my video.