EXPOSURE BLENDING MASTER COURSE

with Greg Benz

The #1 challenge I hear from photographers about luminosity masks is how to use them to blend multiple exposures or otherwise extracting maximum detail and color from RAW files. I’ve created a comprehensive course to help you tackle those challenges, the Exposure Blending Master Course.  

This course covers

Blending Multiple Files

Multi-processing single RAW files

Optimal Shooting RAW for Blending

Processing RAW for Blending

Getting Great Color

Fixing Halos and Tree Edges

Troubleshooting Other Blend Issues

Sky replacement 

Alternative Blending (BlendIf, HDR)

Luminosity Masks and Selections

Cityscapes

Landscapes

Real Estate Interiors

Overall Luminosity Masking Workflow

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What's included?

This comprehensive course includes:

  • Over 7 hours of training videos showing how to blend single or multiple RAW files to expand dynamic range and extract maximum detail from your RAW files.
  • Chapters focusing on blending technique, sky replacement, subject-specific considerations, fixing common issues, and much more. See the complete course outline for more details. 
  • RAW files for all the videos (including the RAW files for all the images on this page). 
  • 9 different scenes to address a variety of challenges in landscape, cityscape, and real estate interior images.
  • Written course material designed to augment the videos, as well as provide links to numerous additional free resources and videos.
  • PDF summaries of all the videos with time-codes to make it easy to follow along, no matter what style of learning you prefer.
  • Quizzes to help ensure understanding and retention of key concepts.
  • Access to the course via iOS app, including offline viewing of the videos.
  • Lifetime access to the course.
  • Hosting on a professional learning management system to facilitate learning. This helps tie all the various aspects of the course noted above into an easy to navigate interface.

Bonuses

And to help you make the most of the course, it comes with several great bonuses:

  • Bonus #1: Complete luminosity masking workflow video and written outline. This is designed to help show exposure blending in the context of a complete workflow, as well as provide a generalized approach you can use when working with luminosity masks. This addresses one of the most common requests I receive.
  • Bonus #2: Lightroom Develop presets to facilitate RAW processing for blending.
  • Bonus #3: Keyboard shortcuts reference for luminosity masking.

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FAQs

Who is this Course For?

This course is designed for anyone who is looking to use luminosity masks to extract more color and detail from their photos and is comfortable with the basic concepts of layers and masks in Photoshop. No previous experience with luminosity masks is required, but is not meant for photographers who have never used Photoshop. The course starts at a very basic level and then proceeds to increasingly advanced blending concepts as you work through the course, so that you can start at the level most appropriate for you and work toward advanced blending techniques. The course is broken down into clearly labeled sections so that you can easily navigate to the content most relevant to your needs. 

Is there a Written Version of this Course or PDF?  

Yes. Every video includes is paired with a PDF that lists the processing steps and rationale used, with time stamps so that you can easily find the material you need. This can also be used as a handy reference to find key sections of the video later. In addition, there are several written sections of the course that supplement the videos with more detail, as well as links to additional tutorials or other learning resources.  

When does the course start and finish?

You will have full access immediately upon enrolling. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. And you can move through the content in any order you like.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like.

Does this course require Lumenzia?

No, but the course is recorded using Lumenzia to create and use luminosity masks. You can buy Lumenzia at a significant discount when purchased with the course. The general concepts used should be applicable to other luminosity masking tools. I don’t want anyone to be left out, so the course also includes some basic information on how you can adapt the steps shown with Lumenzia to other approaches, such as with my free luminosity masking panel. The course is also recorded using Lightroom and Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) to process RAW files, but the general concepts would apply to whichever RAW processing software you may use.

How does this course compare with the tutorial videos that come with Lumenzia? 

The videos that come with Lumenzia are meant to help explain the way Lumenzia works in general, as well as details on several features which are not necessarily related to blending exposures. The included and free Lumenzia training includes some basic information on blending exposures, but it is only a tiny fraction of the material this course covers. By focusing on the topic, this course is able to go much deeper into the blending workflow, scene-specific challenges, how to extract maximum color from your images, and how to troubleshoot common issues. To avoid redundant content, the course references Lumenzia training material where basic knowledge of Lumenzia is assumed.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.

Can I download the videos?

You can use the iOS app to view the videos offline. You can also stream the content on any browser or device. This course is presented through a professional learning management system, which provides for an excellent experience by offering much more than just video files. You will have quizzes to help reinforce learning, written guides to accompany the videos with time codes to easily review each step of the tutorials, access to all the digital files edited in the course, comments to ask Greg questions or interact with other students in the course, and a well designed interface to help organize and navigate all the content. The nature of this platform also enables me to improve or add to the content over time.

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About Greg

Greg Benz is a professional photographer, photography and Photoshop instructor, and software developer based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Greg currently focuses on landscape and cityscape photography, but has broad experience across numerous genres of photography over the past 18 years - including wedding, portrait, family, product, and sports. He is the developer of Lumenzia, the luminosity masking extension panel for Photoshop.