First part of the Luminance tutorial

I started working on my Luminance masking tutorial and here is already the fist part – Photoshop masks. This one is more for the Photoshop beginners, as I try to explain here what are Photoshop layer masks and how they work. My plan is to extend this with two more parts in the following weeks, one about how to create luminance masks and one about how to use them. Hope some of you will find this useful, and feel free to ask any questions
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Nice sunset spot

I’ve been here at the wrong time of the year. I have to arrange my next stop in Prague, when the sun sets right behind the castle and then this view could be much better :)

This is a manual blend from 6 shots, taken from the Vysehrad area in Prague. I could have made the dark areas brighter, but then I lost the nice contrast between the middle area and the sides.
Nice sunset spot

For today I went back through my older photos and chosen this one from Prague. It was taken in early 2012, during one very foggy day. Actually last time I was there, this spot was fenced off, so you can’t get there anymore. Too bad, as it was one of the best views of the Charles bridge.

This is a HDR created from 7 shots in Oloneo Photoengine and finished in Photoshop.
Foggy night by the Charles bridge

It’s nice to see, when they change a building into something else, they still keep a part of the old one. Same with this hotel. It used to be a bank before that, and they left the vault as a part of the cafe :) Interesting place to have a break :)

This is a manual blend from three shots. Taken in the Boscolo hotel in Prague.
Vault cafe

I posted already few photos from the Prague metro, and this is another one. As to make this post a little more interesting, here are also photos from three other metro stations I posted before. You notice the same composition and that is on purpose. I also have different ones, but the symmetrical ones look the best here. The symmetry combined with the repetition of the architecture works just perfectly.

So here are the three older photos
Hiding in the Underground
Underground
The Angel Station

and here is the new one, this one is a manual blend from three shots, taken at the Charles Square metro stop.
Charles Square stop

I really hate it when there is a parking space right in front of a beautiful landmark. I think the areas around those should be walk-only zones and parks, not a parking space. The cities in Czech republic are quite bad in this. You often have parking spaces right by the historical buildings and quite often in the middle of walk-only zones. It makes the whole area feel worse.

Same here by the Vysehrad church. Horrible place for a parking area. And why? Just because there is a restaurant? Really bad decision on the planers part. Placing a parking area in the middle of a beautiful park (look at the map).

I wanted a photo from the front of the church for a longer time, but can never find the space empty. Same the last time I was there. But as there were some nice cars there, I decided to use them in the photo. There was this Porsche and a Bentley. Actually while I was taking this photo the owner came to pick up something from the car, and due to a very long exposure, you cant even see them. I did’t get to the Bentley, as another car parked right next to it as I finished this photo.

This is a manual blend from 5 shots.
Porsche at the Vysehrad

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