Photoshop Multiple Exposure Blending Video

February 13th, 2012 by photocascadia

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:

  1. Luminosity masks and selections
  2. Refined Selections
  3. Advanced selection building
  4. Image repair and cloning
  5. Advanced burning
  6. Freehand masking
  7. 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

Check this out, 3.5 hours in 1.5 minutes. Time-lapse of my video.


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  • This video was game-changing for me. The techniques Zack presents solve so many issues that I’ve struggled with for a long time. It has actually inspired me to go back into my library and start re-processing some images that had been particularly challenging for me.

    It was also gratifying to see that at least one other person out there favors Levels over Curves 🙂

    Fantastic resource, very highly recommended.

  • Can’t wait to view the videos and get the most out of my images using luminosity masks. I use them in my current work flow but great to see them applied to multiple exposure blending.


  • Gaurav

    Hey Zack,

    You are a great artist. I have been following you for a while.. your work is amazing..

    Gonna check out your video soon, hope to buy it as well if it is available.. 🙂

    See ya around,

  • I must show some thanks to you just for rescuing me from such a predicament. Just after exploring throughout the the web and seeing proposals that were not helpful, I was thinking my life was gone. Living without the approaches to the difficulties you’ve sorted out through this guideline is a critical case, as well as ones which might have adversely damaged my entire career if I hadn’t come across your web page. That understanding and kindness in handling the whole thing was invaluable. I don’t know what I would have done if I hadn’t come across such a subject like this. I am able to now look ahead to my future. Thanks so much for the professional and result oriented guide. I won’t think twice to refer the sites to anybody who would like direction about this subject.

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  • stu katz

    I would like to buy your download I went to the website and it said it was closed

  • D1

    I would like to purchase the tutorial too. But your site says error… When are they available again?

  • photocascadia

    Zack here. Sorry for any inconvenience, I moved my site and am in the process of changing links. The link is fixed again. You can find it here as well:

  • Case

    Hey Zack,
    First off your video is by far the most entertaining and professional tutorial I’ve purchased. I thank you. The trouble I am having is regarding contrast. After blending the image, I am struggling to get the appropriate amount of clarity and contrast back in the image. Is this a common thing after the manual blend. Am I over tone mapping? Any suggestions?

    • photocascadia

      Yes, this can be a common issue. Once you have the tools and techniques the next step is developing your eye for contrast. This is a big challenge and takes a while to get hang of. The best advice I can give is to emulate the tonality and contrast you see in photography you like. The more you study what you like, the easier it is to emulate it.

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