Exposure Blending- Luminosity Masks and Smart Objects

It seems topics in photography ebb and flow often, and lately, I have received a lot of inquiries about exposure blending.  My usual response is, “I don’t do it that often, so I’m afraid I can’t be much help.”  While that may be true, it is a horrible response that is not helpful to anyone who asks. So,  I called in a special guest to help us all out with exposure blending, Sean Bagshaw of Outdoor Exposure Photo.

For those of you who know Sean, you know that he is an eloquent educator with a real talent for explaining difficult topics in a way anyone can understand. 

For those of you who may not know Sean, he uses the Tony Kuyper Luminosity masking panels and creates incredible education to go along with them.  Sean is a legend in the photo education community, and it is an extreme pleasure to have him here on f.64 Academy to explain some of his exposure blending techniques.

Sean and I met at Out of Oregon in October and from day one we hit it off discussing all the nerdy things in Photoshop that we are passionate about.  I will admit, I was a little intimidated by him when we first shook hands. 

It’s kind of like meeting someone you have heard so many amazing things about, but when you get the chance to meet them face to face, you kind of freeze up.  It didn’t take long, however, for us to dive into some heavy Photoshop conversation.

While we were in the car driving the Oregon Coast, Sean thought it would be an excellent idea if we could collaborate on a project.   After deliberating on several topics, we came up with two that would be mutually beneficial to our audiences.

So today, on f.64 Academy, you get not one, but two excellent tutorials to spruce up your Friday morning.  Sean will show you some of his Exposure Blending techniques on my channel, and I will be showing him some Color grading techniques on his channel.  This collaboration was a lot of fun and we hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Sean will show you two exposure blending methods in this video.  One is an effortless blend, and the second has a few more intricate details that need a more delicate hand with a Luminosity Mask and some Smart Objects. This one is great!   Enjoy 🙂


Blake Rudis
f.64 Academy and f.64 Elite are the brainchildren of Blake Rudis. While he is a landscape photographer, he is most passionate about post-processing images in Photoshop and mentoring others.

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