Balancing Ambient and Strobe Lighting for Maximum Impact

While shooting in natural (ambient) light alone is perfectly adequate under certain circumstances, choosing to enhance the ambient light in a given scene by adding balanced off-camera flash or strobe can really set your portrait apart with a bright, upscale look.

If you’re just starting out with off-camera flash, you’ll likely find yourself (as we all have) working through the ‘spray and pray’ approach, desperately trying all kinds of flash and camera settings in the hope of dialing in a decent look before throwing it all on the shelf in a disappointed heap. Read more

Aurora HDR 2019 – Adding Interest with Adjustment Layers

Working with HDR (High Dynamic Range) composites can be tricky under certain circumstances, especially in regard to directing and containing a high level of detail. Whether bringing our subject forward or subduing a busy background, these issues fade quickly into the past when combining Adjustment Layers and Masks in Aurora HDR 2019 – all within a single interface.

In this tutorial, we’ll nail down a quick and easy approach to adding interest to a given image from merge to export. Let’s jump right in..

Summary

  • Loading images into Aurora HDR 2019
  • Alignment, Deghosting & Chromatic Aberration
  • Adding and Applying Adjustment Layers
  • Adding and Applying Masks to Adjustment Layers
  • Applying a Composition Crop
  • Exporting our Final Composition

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Midnight Green

Midnight Green – f/11, 15s, ISO 800

Final capture after a long day of ground and aerial shooting at Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst, Virginia. Capture via Sony A7R and Leica 18mm Super Elmar M at f/11, 15s, ISO 800. Single image RAW process with Aurora HDR and finished in Photoshop CC.

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