An Introduction to Luminance/Luminosity Masks in Digital Blending

Article by Jimmy McIntyre Introduction to luminance/luminosity masks Luminance masks, otherwise known as luminosity masks, is a buzz term around the HDR community right now. A great number of photographers have mastered the use of luminance masks (LMs) as a way to ween themselves off their dependence on HDR software and give...

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5 ways to improve your blue hour photography

Article by Jimmy McIntyre I love shooting during blue hour. A scene at this wonderful time, as long as it is well lit, can create an intensely dynamic mood in your images. Even if sunset is a washout, you may still have a chance of capturing something special during blue hour. For example, I shot the HDR above in Valencia. It was a...

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Tips for getting sharper images

Article by Jimmy McIntyre As photographers, one of our main aims when we capture images is to make sure that necessary elements in the scene are crisp. As HDR photographers, even if we obtain sharp images in-camera, our pixels may soon be softened in the HDR process. There are, however, ways to make sure your photos retain the...

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8 ways to improve your HDR photography

Article by Jimmy McIntyre We all, to some degree or another, strive to get the best out of our imagery. After all, our art is an extension of ourself or our identity – we naturally want to create it to the best of our abilities. I imagine that there isn’t a photographer alive who thinks he or she has little else to...

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Remove Chromatic Aberration – Clone Stamp

Article by Jimmy McIntyre This concise article is originally from the upcoming HDR Manual ebook that will be available in early 2013. It as an adaptation from the Removing Chromatic Aberration chapter which features 9 ways to reduce or eliminate CA. Chromatic Aberration, or CA, is characterised by coloured fringes that often line...

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