So one thing I hate about long exposure photography is the noise that occurs in the black sky, even at ISO 100.  Now take that noise frustration and multiply it times 5 when working with HDR long exposures.  How do you fix it?  Do you sacrifice the awesome look of the foreground during tone mapping to try and get the background to look somewhat appealing?  I say nope!  Sample the +1 EV exposure for it’s nice midnight blue gradation and continue on post processing!

This tutorial will show you some more advanced selection techniques to help sample that night sky from the +1 EV exposure and get that HDR long exposure looking perfect.





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.

For Blake, it's all about the art and process synergy. He dives deep into complex topics and makes them easy to understand through his outside-the-box thinking so that you can use these tricks in your workflow today!
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