Edit­ing tips

En­hance your aurora pho­tos

NPhoto - - Nikon Skills -

1 Re­duce the noise

Make sure you shoot your aurora pho­tos in Raw. To edit them, open them in Cam­era Raw and begin by ad­just­ing the tones. Next head to the De­tail panel. This is where you can re­duce im­age noise. In­crease Lu­mi­nance Amount un­til the noise lessens.

2 Boost the colour

If the aurora colours look weak, try in­creas­ing Vi­brance in the Ba­sic panel. To take it fur­ther, grab the Tar­geted Ad­just­ment tool from the Tool­bar, right-click and choose Sat­u­ra­tion, then drag up­wards over the greens in the aurora to in­crease the sat­u­ra­tion.

3 Se­lec­tive ad­just­ments

Often, ar­eas of night pho­tos need se­lec­tive tweaks to bring out de­tail, like the re­flec­tion on the lake here. Grab the Ad­just­ment Brush from the Tool­bar, click the plus next to Ex­po­sure to load the brush with a bright­en­ing ef­fect, then paint over ar­eas to lift them.

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