Sunrise Bracket

Managing Dynamic Range: Focus Stacking Helps my HDR Shot

I used bracketing in this sunrise shot to manage wide dynamic range, but lost detail because of it.
For this week's edit, I create my ideal grayscale image using a focus stack, selective channel information and some other favorite tools. I then apply that grayscale version back to the original to add tonal contrast just where I want it. Lots of fun for me; I hope you enjoy it too.

This video builds on knowledge from previous videos, running full-tilt through tools and methods to achieve the edit. For fuller explanations, return to the Home Page and scroll down to Topics Discussed or Modules Used on the right-hand bar. Click on any of these, and we assemble a complete playlist of every instance from a knowledge base of our first 27 videos for quick review right here on the site.

Sunrise RAW 1
Sunrise RAW XMP 1
Sunrise RAW 2
Sunrise RAW XMP 2
Sunrise RAW 3
Sunrise RAW XMP 3
Sunrise Focus XMP
Sunrise HDR XMP 1
Sunrise HDR XMP 2

Freshford

In a Colorful Mood

I just love this old stone bridge and the fall colors. Perfect. In this episode I work to bring out the stone work in that bridge, as well as using the fall colors to separate elements. After my edit, I explore using noise reduction modules for special effects, to create a watercolor or storybook feel.

I had a lot of fun spending time with this image, and I hope you enjoy it too. Thank you, Adam for your RAW submission!

This video is the 5th in our faster-edit format. It builds on knowledge from previous videos, running full-tilt through tools and methods to achieve the edit. For fuller explanations, return to the Home Page and scroll down to Topics Discussed or Modules Used on the right-hand bar. Click on any of these, and we assemble a complete playlist of every instance from a knowledge base of our first 27 videos for quick review right here on the site.

Freshford RAW
Freshford Raw XMP

Basic Stacking – Orion

Backyard Astrophotography

An introduction to stacking: basic techniques to reduce noise and enhance details. For this episode, we'll look at an 84-shot stack of Orion taken from my back yard in Hawaii. We use Darktable for pre-stacking preparation, then use lxnstack for alignment and stacking, and it's back to Darktable to finish up after the stack.

This video is the fourth in our faster-edit format. It builds on knowledge from previous videos, running full-tilt through tools and methods to achieve the edit. For fuller explanations, return to the Home Page and scroll down to Topics Discussed or Modules Used on the right-hand bar. Click on any of these, and we assemble a complete playlist of every instance from a knowledge base of our first 27 videos for quick review right here on the site.

Orion Sample RAW
Orion Raw XMP
Orion Post Stack TIFF
Orion Post Stack TIFF XMP #1
Orion Post Stack TIFF XMP #2