Blend­ing ex­po­sures

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To en­sure that all the de­tail could be seen in the fi­nal im­age, we bracket-ex­posed the scene. In the end we only needed to use two raw im­ages, as you can push and pull your raw files in Cam­era Raw a fair bit. It’s good prac­tice to shoot three ex­po­sures (one each for shad­ows, mid­tones and high­lights), but you may get away with pro­cess­ing just two, like us. The first im­age is un­der­ex­posed by -1 stop, and the sec­ond im­age (for the fore­ground de­tail) is over­ex­posed by + 2 stops. When it comes to edit­ing your im­ages, make sure the colour tem­per­a­ture and tones in both im­ages are read­ing sim­i­lar set­tings. When you blend them to­gether, drag the +2 stop im­age over to the -1 stop im­age (hold down Shift as you let go to make sure they align), then add a black layer mask to mask the top layer. Us­ing a white brush with an Opac­ity set to around 50%, paint back the parts of the im­age you want lighter in the fore­ground.

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