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How To Get Detail In The Extreme Bright Areas And Extreme Dark Areas In An Image

DENIS LEMAY, Photographer

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5 Videos (26m)
    • Prepare Images For Blending

    • Brights

    • Darks

    • One More Bright

    • Finish adjustments


About This Class

This is an image photographed at the Battleship NC, a world war II ship opened to the public, on the lower deck below the main deck. The room light was a shop type fluorescent light which created a drastic difference between bright and shadow areas. I had to shoot seven exposures on the tripod to cover detail in all areas between brights and darks and then digitally blend them to recover detail in brights and darks for a normal overall exposure using Luminosity Masks in Photoshop. (I first photographed the Checker Passport for white balance and camera profile.

This is a four segment tutorial:

  1. Prepare images for blending.
  2. Brights
  3. Darks
  4. One more bright.
  5. Finishing adjustments.






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Denis G Lemay was brought up in a little coastal town of Biddeford Maine, served in Vietnam in 1968 in the army corps of engineer, then in 1971 went to school in NY to persue the field of professional photography, and relocated to a little Dutch town of Kutztown Pennsylvania where he owned and operated Rembrandt Studios in two different locations. In 1998 Denis relocated to Wilmington North Carolina where he now owns and operates Ocean View ...

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