How to Do Milky Way Exposure Stacking When Auto-Alignment Fails in Photoshop

Photoshop’s automated alignment tools are quite impressive; however, they aren’t perfect. When auto-alignment fails to work the way you need it to, sometimes it just means you have to do the work yourself.

In this video from Ian Norman, he walks us through the process of processing Milky Way astrophotography images by manually aligning them in Photoshop in order to reduce noise and bring out more detail in the images.

If you are looking to improve your astrophotography images, Ian’s videos are worth a watch. Even if you are doing other types of image stacking, you can probably learn a thing or two from Ian’s workflow.


How to Fix Too Much Red on Faces Using Only Lightroom

Here’s a quick video in which I walk through a very simple technique for correcting too much red in faces using just Lightroom.

I picked this tip up from Aaron Nace’s tutorial on a similar technique in Photoshop. I generally try to avoid going to Photoshop if it is something I can deal with in Lightroom. It’s just faster and a preferred piece of software for me.

If you need to do this in Photoshop, check out this Phlearn video for an explanation of how to accomplish this inside Photoshop, where you’ll have much more control in isolating colors.

How to Shoot Engraved Glass in Studio with Strobes

In this video, Karl Taylor and Urs Recher walk us through shooting a glass with a design engraved on it. They mix soft and hard light to illuminate the glass and the engraving separately.

The main light was simply a softbox, but the light used to bring out the engraving was a Broncolor Picolite and a projection attachment.

Split Toning Effect with Lightroom


Lightroom, being the versatile software it is, has several creative effect options available for us to test. Perhaps one of the easiest effects to accomplish – and the most stunning in appearance – is the Split Toning effect, which consists of an image in which the tonal values on Highlights and Shadows are replaced by tints selected by the user. [Read more…]