tutorial you will learn how to stack multiple foreground images with star trail photo. We will stack the images using masking technique in Photoshop.
without interesting foreground subjects results in some uninteresting image. So remember that while shooting, reach the location early and first imagine the final image in your mind, capture the foreground photos as per your imagination and then take multiple bracketing photos to get will lit foreground.
You can use various lighting techniques when your foreground is pitch dark, so don’t forget to carry set of led and torch lights for the shoot.
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Once you have the multiple exposure foreground images along with the star trail images then you can first post process the star trail images using Adobe Bridge and Photoshop.
You can then stack the different foreground images using the masking technique in adobe Photoshop as explained in the above video.
Masking layers is a technique used for combining multiple photos into a single image or for removing a person or subjects from a photo. You can add a mask to a layer and use it to hide parts of the layer and reveal the details in the layers below.
You can mask the layers using the brush tool in Photoshop. You should control the opacity of the layers or the brush stroke which will help you in precise area selection in the image.
The shortcut used to select the brush tool is ‘b’ and you can use the [ ] brackets to control the brush size.
You can also group some of the layers to combine few foreground elements and then you can apply a single mask to the complete group. This is an amazing technique, it reduces your editing efforts.
Once you have completed the foreground stacking, you can then give basic touch-up by adjusting the colors, contrast, and exposure in the final image.