Long Exposure Photography Tips – Firecrest ND Filters & Exposure Blending

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Using ND Filters…

Long exposure photography is one of the most interesting ways to experiment with your scene and creativity. I have been shooting long exposures for almost 13 years, so I thought it was time a provided a couple of tips about it 🙂

In part 1 of the videos below, I explain the importance of using an ND filters to soften the water while the golden light is still lingering in the sky. If you break your scene into puzzle pieces for blending like me, you will understand why I take one exposure for the sky, one for the foreground, and in this case, one for the “long exposure” water effect.

Once I get back to my workstation and start post processing, I choose the exposures that showcase the best light of the scene, and I blend them together. This is why it is so important to know when to use your ND filters so that the light values match the other exposures for post production. 

Side note: If you are interested in what filters to purchase, I highly recommend Formatt-Hitech Firecrest Filters. They leave no color cast and don’t harm image quality at all! Also, if you do decide to buy those, they gave me a discount code for all of my viewers to save 10% off of any purchase! Just use code: EMARKS10 at checkout.

Watch part 1 below for my long exposure tips in the field.

Using Luminosity Masks To Piece Your Puzzle Together…

In Part 2, I show you how to leverage luminosity masks in post production to seamlessly blend everything together.

I chat with so many photographers that are literally afraid to photograph brackets or multiple exposures just because they don’t know how to blend everything together in Photoshop. If you think that blending exposures together is accomplished by manually brushing and masking every pixel of your photo, have not fear! My video below will show you a better way!

Ok, now that I am starting to sound like an infomercial, I will stop typing and let you watch part 2 so you can actually see me blend all of the exposures from the first video. 😉

The Final Image…

Fujifilm X-T2 | Exposure Blend From Three Images


Software & Tutorial Discounts End Soon! Happy New Years Eve!

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Happy New Year’s Eve to all of my awesome viewers!!

All of you have truly blessed me this year with your support following my YouTube channel! I am very lucky to have 11,000 friends on YouTube that enjoy watching me geek out about photography and camera gear!

I have made a list below that features some of the best year-end discounts. Some of them end tonight, and some of them don’t expire until the first week of 2018. I will make sure to specify when each discount ends. Enjoy and have a fantastic New Year! Stay safe!


Discount #1: ON1 Photo RAW 2018 Holiday Bundle | $299 value For $79. Save an EXTRA 20% on the sale price by using my code: FMEON1 | The bundle Includes the software, an eBook, a masterclass on HDR and Masking, etc etc. This might be the best deal I have seen from ON1 so far. **Sale Ends 01/01/18 At Midnight**

 

 

 


Discount #2: My Landscape Photography Post Processing & HDR Blending Course | $99 Value For ONLY $25. This course covers how to leverage Photoshop for landscape photography, and I show you my easy step-by-step workflow to eliminate confusion! If you have been scared of Photoshop in the past, now is the time to jump in and see how easy I make it to understand. I only show you the tools you need to know! **Extended Sale Ends 01/31/18 At Midnight**

 

 

 


Discount #3: Picktorial 3 Holiday Bundle With Eric Marks Presets Bonus Pack | Value Of $89 For Only $39. If you would like to find out more about my Eric Marks Signature Preset Pack, you can view the VIDEO HERE. **Sale Ends 01/04/18 At Midnight**

 

 

 


Discount #4: Organize Your Photo Video Course | $29 Value For Only $12. Going into the new year, organizing photos is one of the hardest tasks for some of us to achieve. it took me years to perfect my workflow so that I could go to sleep knowing that all of my photos are in the right place for me to access at anytime. I can now share that workflow with you through this video course, and you will have an organized photo library at the end. **Sale Ends 01/07/18 At Midnight**

 

 

 


Again, I hope you ALL have a very happy new year, and please feel free to reach out to me if you ever have any questions!

Blessings,

Eric Marks

NEW COURSE! Landscape Photography Post Processing & HDR Blending Video Tutorial

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**Discounted price EXTENDED TO 09/25/17**

 

It’s finally here! I have been promising a tutorial like this to my subscribers for quite a long time, and It feels fantastic to make this a reality! Thank you all for your support the past few months while I have been producing this!

This in-depth tutorial covers my post processing workflow, different levels and methods of exposure blending, the benefits of luminosity masks, texture and contrast enhancement, selective dodging and burning, how to individualize color, using restricted luminosity masks for sharpening and noise reduction, etc, etc.

Surprisingly, this my very first video series on landscape photography post processing, and I couldn’t be more excited to finally release it! I have been carefully compiling all of the techniques I wanted to teach, building the lesson plan, choosing the photos, filming, re-filming, and producing this tutorial for almost four months! Today, all of you finally get to see it, and I am more than humbled by all of the requests I have received to produce something like this! It’s because of  YOU that this now a reality!

Not only do I show you how to use all of the tools in my post processing workflow, but I also stop along the way to explain WHY I make the creative decisions that lead to the end result of each photograph.


Common Questions…

What software do I need?  The only software you really “need” is Photoshop(not elements)and the Nik Collection. The Nik Collection plugins are completely FREE now, and you can easily follow along with me while I use Lightroom and On1 RAW by simply downloading their FREE trials. Click HERE for a Lightroom free trial, and click HERE for a free trial of ON1 RAW.

Do I have to be a photography wizard to take this course?  You definitely do not have to be an expert to take this course. However, I would recommend that you have basic knowledge of processing RAW files since you will learn many advanced techniques, but I slowly walk you through each step that I take. Also, I spread the techniques over 10 hours of video lessons so that I don’t overload you with information in Lesson #1.

Do I need advanced Photoshop knowledge?  Again, I would recommend that you have a basic knowledge, but I walk you through the tools that you need to know in order to follow along with me in this course.

What happens if I have a question or don’t understand a certain part of this video course?  No worries at all! I have a created a private FaceBook support group just for people who purchase this tutorial. As long as you have questions that pertain directly to the content in this video tutorial, I will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you overcome any possible confusion. I will have a few other photographers helping me manage this Facebook support group so that we can answer all questions in a timely manner. This group will also become a very fun community as more people join, and we can always continue learning from each other’s creative vision. 

Am I allowed to use or share the PSD or Image files included in this course?  Publicly sharing and/or monetizing from any of the original content included in this course is not permitted. All of the original content included in this course is Copyright © Eric Marks and Finding Middle Earth, LLC. The original content that I include is for educational purposes only. However, I am very curious and excited to see how all of you decide to process my photos, so sharing your versions of my photos is only allowed within the private FaceBook support group that I have created for this course. You will gain access to that FaceBook group once you purchase The Landscape Photography Post Processing & HDR Blending Video Tutorial.

How much is this going to cost me?  Creating a price for this tutorial was one of the hardest aspects of this entire experience. It’s easy sometimes for creators to overcharge for digital products because we know how much it consumed our life for months at a time. I preach so much on my YouTube channel about being smart with your money when investing in yourself or new gear, so I wanted to make this affordable! The price for the first 15 days is going to be only $69.00 USD, and after the first 15 days are up, it will reset to it’s regular price of $99.00. If you’re part of my FME newsletter, you will get surprise discount codes all throughout the year. Want to join? Just head to the top right of this page, and click the “SUBSCRIBE” button. UPDATE: I have decided to extend the promo pricing of $69 until 09/25/17. Enjoy!


A Few Photo Examples…

Here are a few of the photos that we will be working on together.

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Video Content…

  1. introduction to workflow and getting the most out of one single RAW file
  2. Auto HDR blending and using gradient masks to add directional lighting effects
  3. Enhancing texture and selective dodging and burning
  4. Choosing the best portion of three brackets to piece together the your creative vision
  5. Basic luminosity masks and the benefits of color separation
  6. Using individual RGB channels to enhance color and learning new methods for sharpening and noise reduction
  7. Advanced exposure blending and processing with 7 bracketed photos
  8. Gain ultimate control by using luminosity masks to selectively dodge and burn, add color, blend exposures, sharpen, reduce noise, and completely separate the foreground from the background. 

Learn How To Unleash The Power Of Your RAW Files With The Landscape Photography Post Processing & HDR Blending Course. Includes Over 10 Hours Of Video Lessons!