Time for another before/after comparison + some post processing details. This time a sunset photographed in Amoudara, Crete. There was some beautiful warm light during golden hour so I took hundreds of pictures. Here is one of them.
I took 7 exposures at 1 EV spacing, merged them to HDR and tone-mapped in Photomatix Pro (which is Before). Then I edited my image with luminosity masks technique in Photoshop CC (After).
- Background – image produced by Photomatix Pro.
- Global color balance – I applied some global colour correction to my image but only to midtones (Cyan/Red: +3; Magenta/Green: -5; Yellow/Blue: +5) to make the light look more sunsetty.
- Highlights color balance – I then applied colour balance correction only to brightest parts of the sky and grass (Cyan/Red: 0; Magenta/Green: -18; Yellow/Blue: +10)
- Global contrast – applied some contrast to midtones only using Curves adjustment layer.
- Highlights contrast – added contrast to highlights in sky and grass
- Shadows contrast – added some contrast to darkest parts of the image and slightly brightened them up (I used Screen blending mode to get brightening effect)
- Highlights saturation – added some extra saturation to sky and grass (Master: +37)
- Shadows saturation – added a bit of saturation to darkest parts of the image (Master: +15)
- Sharpening – added some sharpening.
Finally some EXIF and other technical specs:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III
Lens: Canon 24 f/1.4 L USM II
Focal length: 10 mm
Exposure time: 1/13 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1
Flash used: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 4.2.7 (Details Enhancer), Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC