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Night Photography Post Processing Techniques

with Tim Cooper

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  •   01 Class Introduction

  •   04 Star Stacking: Combining Layers With Lighten Blending Mode


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About The Class

Correct Common Night Photography Problems

Taking photos at night presents some obvious problems. Shadows, underexposure, blurring and lack of light can all conspire to ruin a perfectly lovely scene. But good Adobe® Photoshop® and Adobe® Lightroom® post-processing techniques can take a deeply flawed night image and give it new life. In this class, night photography expert Tim Cooper will show you how to deal with common night photography issues through image deconstruction, Blend Modes, layers and masks, color fill layers and other retouching tools.


Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Milky Way Image: Combining Exposures

  3. 03

    Milky Way Image: Simple Selections And masking

  4. 04

    Star Stacking: Combining Layers With Lighten Blending Mode

  5. 05

    Star Stacking: Layer Masks

  6. 06

    Car Trails: Merging Multple Exposures

  7. 07

    Car Trails: Fixing Uneven Sky

  8. 08

    Light Painting: And Layering

  9. 09

    Light Painting: Masking In Photoshop

  10. 10

    Full Moon: Multiple Exposures In Lightroom And Photoshop

  11. 11

    Full Moon: Adjusting Layer Elements


Meet Your Expert

Tim Cooper

Originally from New Jersey, Tim was an electrician before moving to Montana in 1991 to discover his love of photography. After attending night classes at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, the passion was born and he attended the Summer Intensive Program the following ... read more

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  • John Fletcher

    February 2019

    I'd recommend this course to someone who is completely new to night/star photography and photoshop. There are some good, easy processing tips in here to pull off some nice effects. I was really hoping this was going to go into some more detail and talk about processing tips for dealing with high ISO grain and whatnot in images that is pretty much a given when doing night photography. Unfortunately, there was nothing in here about dealing with this. It's more just compositing techniques.

  • Creativelive Student

    November 2018

    Perfect class for mainly LR users needing to use PS to do some more editing. Tim explains his steps very well. There is no fluff. Just all good tips.

  • Jean Hilmes

    May 2018

    Truly great tips on taking nigh photography.

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