Stacking Multiple Photos for Night Photographs
This technique is very simple and easy to learn ~ but it is very useful especially for photographer who loves shoot night photographs…
First I need to explain why I need to use this technique, the reason is “I don’t have remote timer on that time”, so ridiculous but that’s true hehe… so I just use tripod and my camera. I use Tv mode and I know my camera only can take 30 seconds but I need more than that to capture all the traffic line. So I think to take many photos and combine them together, looked easy right hehe….
I can show you, 4 photos that I used for this article….
The next step is combine them together…. I use traditional way, just open them and create a layer one above other. When you do this one you will see layer 2 but you can’t see the layer 1 because by the default Photoshop will set the blending type to normal. Of course you can play with opacity to combine them but I don’t think it is a good way….
There is a fast way to combine them together, you know that the things you want to combine is the light trail, so that part should be lighter than others. In photoshop we can simply combine those things by using lighten blend option. You can see the combination of photo 1 and photo 2 ~ looked like magic hehe….
You can do the same process with other photos, you can combine more photos if you really need it…. Just careful to adding some photos because maybe some parts already overexposure so you don’t need to add that part. You can see again photo 3, I think that photo really need to care because some area are overexposed…. You can see the photo below (combination of photo 1,2, and 3)…
In order to solve this problem is erase that area, but I don’t like to damage the photo so I prefer use mask. You can simply create a mask and brush that area. Anyway after I combine photo 4 then I will get a better result compare with each photo hehe…..
Hope you like this simply tutorial….. comments are really appreciated, thanks….
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