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
Alternative Blending (BlendIf, HDR)
Luminosity Masks and Selections
Real Estate Interiors
Overall Luminosity Masking Workflow
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This comprehensive course includes:
And to help you make the most of the course, it comes with several great bonuses:
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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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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.