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Luminosity Masks: The Definitive Guide – Part 3

When do you use Luminosity Masks Luminosity masks are commonly used in Landscape editing workflows. They are extremely efficient when enhancing complex, dynamic scenes where smooth transitions are the basis of compelling final artwork. Since they enable you to create highly precise, smooth-edged selections, you can use luminosity masking to edit any image, including portraiture.…

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Luminosity Masks: The Definitive Guide – Part 2

Creating Luminosity Masks – The Manual Method Explained Keyboard Shortcuts CMD + CLICK = select SHIFT + CMD + CLICK = Add to selection OPTION (ALT) + CMD + CLICK = Subtract from selection SHIFT + OPTION (ALT) + CMD + CLICK = Intersect (multiply) selection 1. Creating a set of masks for Lights Lights level 1 – In…

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Luminosity Masks: The Definitive Guide – Part 1

Luminosity masks are a photographer’s secret weapon to elevating a good photo to a pixel-perfect work of art. They allow you to combine speed and precision in your post-processing work, so you can quickly and efficiently make advanced adjustments. That may sound daunting, like you need specialized skills in order to blend exposures like a…

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The Portuguese Dreamer Girl

It’s nearly Christmas Holidays here in Poland, the temperatures dropped, but we haven’t seen any snow yet. You can say it’s winter from a quick glance at the darkness outside your window. I’m writing about Polish winter and posting images flooded with light – that’s to bring back some dreamy memories from the tiny rock…

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Charles – Model Photobook

My friend Charles asked me recently to put together couple of his portraits and create a sort of model photobook for him. We did in the past several photo projects together, so I went through my archives and pulled out images that might possibly work as a series. I have used Capture One to create…

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Luminosity Masks: The Definitive Guide – Part 1

Luminosity masks are a photographer’s secret weapon to elevating a good photo to a pixel-perfect work of art. They allow you to combine speed and precision in your post-processing work, so you can quickly and efficiently make advanced adjustments. That may sound daunting, like you need specialized skills in order to blend exposures like a…

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An American in Lanta

The following series turned out to be my interpretation of the famous quote from Henry David Thoreau “all good things are wild and free”. I might add here “unexpected” as well. Daniel, as most humble people, didn’t like the idea of sitting in front of the lens at all and it took me quite a…

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Copy, Apply and Fine Tune Image Adjustments in Capture One 12

I must admit that one of my favorite features in Capture One are predefined Styles. Working with RAW files and having at my disposal huge amount of data enables great flexibility and gives plenty of space for creative experiments. Capture One by default comes with a set of built-in Styles and Presets. Presets are settings…

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Color Grading with Color Editor Tool in Capture One 12

In this video you will learn advanced color grading technique with the Color Editor Tool in Capture One 12. I will show you how to precisely pick a color from the image, adjust its range and modify selected color. With Color Editor you can adjust Hue, Saturation and Luminosity of picked color range. You will…

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On Vision & Voice by Magnum Photographers – 2nd Edition

You may already have seen me recommending the first edition of this ebook back in the 2017. If you liked the first version, you’ll definitely enjoy the current one. If you haven’t seen it yet – it’s a must. Everyone knows Magnum Agency, well at least those who love photography, this ebook is their voice…

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Vintage Sweet & Chic

I must admit that recently I haven’t processed many images from my vast archives. And definitely I haven’t done much portraiture work, traveling almost always means new photos of mountains, ocean, desert and rarely people. So for a change I felt like working on a series of portraits. These were taken in Malta three years…

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Luma Masking in Capture One 12

Luma Mask Tool enables creating quickly extremely precise masks based on selected luminosity ranges. In order to work with Luminosity Masks first create a new layer with opaque mask (click the “+” icon in the Layers Tab and from the dropdown menu select “New Filled Layer”.) Next use Luma Mask tool to modify the opaque…

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Color Grading vs Color Correction

While most photographers agree that exposure correction and luminosity adjustments are the first steps to take during photo editing workflow, color grading is perceived by many as “mysterious land”. It is a high time to demistify color adjustments! Quite frequently I am getting requests from my students to provide feedback on their work. Many of…

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Evaluate Your Image For HDR – Histogram Tool Explained

Have you ever got lost in some complex photo editing technique to find out in the end that exactly the same effect could have been achieved with much simpler tool? In today’s video we will take a closer look at High Dynamic Range photography and discuss when your photos will benefit from it and when…

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Create Actions in Photoshop

Today I have a fun practice exercise for you – how about creating your very own set of Photoshop Actions? Watch the “Create Actions in Photoshop CC – full tutorial” video and learn how in a few minutes record an Action. The best thing is that what started as fun will be a massive time…

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