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63 Your Nikon will al­low you to com­bine two or more ex­po­sures in the same frame, but you get much more cre­ative con­trol if you com­bine your im­ages in Pho­to­shop, not least be­cause you will be able to ac­cess each el­e­ment on its own, and com­bine it with other pic­tures you have shot in the past, or will shoot in the fu­ture. The large, de­tailed moon in this pic­ture, for in­stance, was shot at a com­pletely dif­fer­ent time and lo­ca­tion from the tran­quil lake­side land­scape.

For this type of com­posit­ing work you need a pro­gram like Pho­to­shop El­e­ments or Pho­to­shop CC that al­lows you to put each of the in­di­vid­ual el­e­ments on dif­fer­ent lay­ers. That way they can be in­di­vid­u­ally ad­justed so that ev­ery­thing works to­gether in the fi­nal pic­ture. In this shot, the moon im­age ap­pears twice in sep­a­rate lay­ers; the sec­ond is to form the re­flec­tion, so is shown at a lower opac­ity and is flipped ver­ti­cally.

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