When a GND Just Won't Do
How To Combine Two Separate Shots
When a Graduated ND Filter Just Won't Do (video below)
As you can see, the image on the left has a well exposed and colorful sky but the water could be brighter and softer (at least that's what I was going for). The image on the left has softer and brighter water but the sky is totally overexposed. One technique that may already come to mind is using a graduated neutral density filter (or GND). The problem with using a GND in this situation is that although it would cut down on the light and allow me to capture the sky w/o overexposing, the length of the shutter speed would blur the clouds too much for my liking. Take a look at the two closeups below.
As you can see, the 10 second exposure still has definition in the clouds and even picks up some underlit areas quite nicely. Exactly the kind of detail I want.
The 30 second shot below is too long and the cloud movement allows the structure and colors to blur too much. Definitely not what I wanted, but unfortunately this is exactly what you'd get if you used a GND in the field and tried to capture the image in a single shot.
So how do we combine the two?
If you have Lightroom, select the bright and dark image together, then right-click and go to Edit In >> Open as Layers in Photoshop (see image below). If you don't have Lightroom, just open the two images as layers manually.
Now that you've got them opened in Photoshop (or in Photoshop Elements), watch the video below to see how quickly and easily you can mask the two images together. You can watch the video in a separate window in HD by clicking here.
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