New wallpapers

Time for more new wallpapers today. This time, I have for you 4 new wallpapers in 4K, all from Budpapest. As always, they are 3840x2160px in size and the files are 5-10Mb. So I would not download them on a slow connecton.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

Budapest in 4K wallpapers

And here are the new wallpapers for you to download.




Super ultra-wide wallpapers

Either there are not that many super ultra-wide wallpapers around, or you really like the ones that are for download on my wallpapers page. It has been the most visited part on the blog for a while now, surpassing the Top Photography spots pages. So how about even more new wallpapers today.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

New various super ultra-wide wallpapers

And here are the 4 new wallpapers, get them now :)

New various super ultra-wide wallpapers
New various super ultra-wide wallpapers
New various super ultra-wide wallpapers
New various super ultra-wide wallpapers

4K wallpapers

Time for another batch of 4K wallpapers today. With these four, the whole number now reaches 60. The gallery grows slowly and constantly, so it got quite big already.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

4K wallpapers from the UK

Today the theme for the new wallpapers is places around the UK. You have here one from Birmingham, Lake district, London and Edinburgh. Download them now.

4K wallpapers from the UK
4K wallpapers from the UK
4K wallpapers from the UK
4K wallpapers from the UK

Cities in super ultra-wide wallpapers

Even more super ultra-wide wallpapers for you today. This time the theme is cities, and to be exact, there are two from Prague, one from Paris and one from Dubai. Together with these 4, there are now 32 super ultra-wide wallpapers available for download.

Don’t forget to check out other available wallpapers:

New wallpapers

And here are the new wallpapers, all in 5120x1440px for you to download.

Super ultra-wide wallpapers 5120x1440px
Super ultra-wide wallpapers 5120x1440px
Super ultra-wide wallpapers 5120x1440px
Super ultra-wide wallpapers 5120x1440px

Luminosity masking

When I finished my series on luminosity masking, in the last one I mentioned a technique called exposure matching. And today, I will try to explain what it is and how it is done. I will presume here, that you have already seen my luminosity masking series as I will use techniques from it, and not explain them here.

Exposure matching

The idea behind exposure matching is to first blend two RAW images together using luminosity masking and then once this is done, go back into the RAW files, and edit them to look more similar. This will result in a photo blend, where all parts are used from the photo that is properly exposed, and also the transitions are clean and not visible.

This is done in Photoshop only, as one needs to use smart objects, to be able to return into the RAW files and edit them. Let’s look at this example on how this would be done with these two photos.

Example blend

1. Open the images in Photoshop as smart objects
You start with the RAW files. Select them and drop them inside photos. Adobe Camera RAW will open, and you can do some initial tweaks, like removing chromatic aberration and lens distortions. Make sure you have all the files selected on the left when doing so, that all the files have the same edits. Once done, click on the open objects button.

Photoshop will open the RAWs in separate files, so drag the layer from one file into the other file, so you have both in the same Photoshop file. You can then close the other one.

2. Blend them together
For this photo, we want to blend the sky from the darker exposure into the brighter one. So arrange the layers, so the darker is on the top. Hide it, add a black mask to it, select a Bright 2 mask, and paint in the parts where the sky is. Detailed explanation on how this is done, can be found in Blending photos using luminosity selections article here.

This is how the file looked once this was done, and how the mask looked like.

3. Edit the RAW files to make them similar
The blending looks fine, but you will quickly notice that the area around the blend lost contrast and it’s a bit grey. This is because when you blend together a dark and bright area, they will average into a medium grey one. So to fix this, we need to make the bright photo darker and the dark photo brighter.

What we don’t want to do, is to affect the areas of the photo, that we are using for the final photo. Let’s first look at the darker exposure, that was used for the sky. For this exposure, I opened the shadows completely. Since that was not enough, I also added a bit of exposure, and then toned down the highlights. This made the shadows even brighter, but had almost no effect on the sky. Now the photo looks much more similar to the blend we want to achieve.

Now we can look at the bright exposure. Here we do the complete opposite. Tone down highlights completely, and then lower exposure and open the shadows a bit. Again, we had very little effect on the dark areas, but we completely recovered the bright ones. Once this is done, we again have a photo similar to the result we want.

Before and after matching

Now let’s look at what the difference is here. This is the final photo before and after matching is applied.

Not much difference on first look, but let’s zoom in a bit.

Now you can see the change. The blend is much better and more natural. There are no grey areas, and the local contrast is restored. Now the photo is ready for additional edits.

Why use this?

You may wonder, why this is better than just recovering the shadows or highlights from a single photo. There are two reasons here. Firstly, you can’t recover them in every photo. Secondly, a sky that was properly exposed from the beginning, will look better and cleaner than a sky that was recovered. Same with shadows or any other part of a photo. A properly exposed area will always look better than one that was recovered.

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