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Double RAW technique by Sun-Seeker Double RAW technique by Sun-Seeker
As promised a layer mask tute on how to combine two differently adjusted RAW files to create one wonderful shot!
I hope this tute displays OK at the resolution I have uploaded.. let me know if not!
I don't know how this exif data arrived on a PSD file as I haven't used the powershot for 2 years ????
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Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Shutter Speed: 1/125 second
F Number: F/2.7
Focal Length: 6 mm
Date Picture Taken: May 3, 2008, 2:38:15 AM

Finished deviation at [link]
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JohannaBrown Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i should send you some of my pics to fix :)
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Serenityfhotography Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010  Professional Photographer
You are most certainly doing this community a great service. Such wonderful and VERY helpful tutorials. This one is unique. Even after taking a Digital imagery course what I thought i knew about photoshop ceases to amazing me as there's always something new you can do with the tools you use. I'm just becoming a fan of layers.

Almost a 'duh' moment but I always got mad at how I'd want certain aspects of the photo to change while the rest remained as is. Perfect presentation of this. Thank you.
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Try my new layer tute it works with layers better than these old ones!
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Serenityfhotography Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
sometimes we must learn older ways to help us grow and then learn the newer ways :) Personally I loved that tutorial and have used it a bit in my newest photos "Warmth of yes."
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icedreamer56 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010
Thanks so much for this...have given it a try & linked it to my attempt. Not my attempt is very good. Can't work out how to get the correct exposure on the rocks in the creek.

[link]

Its reasonably easy when you're shown how!!!!
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
I think is probable that you have blown out the rocks when taking the shot.. all that dark bush will swing the exposure the wrong way.. do you know how to bracket.. set it in the menu -1 0 and +1 and set the camera to multi shot and take three shots and the camera will vary the tree exposure.. having said that a tripod and taking two shots.... one as you have then switch the camera to manual and take the second shot at -2 in your view finder. It will be dark but the rocks will be exposed better.
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icedreamer56 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
this was actually bracketed but I wasn't using a tripod so the shots don't line up very well :(

Lesson learnt!!! Take tripod! We're going to go back during the week now the kids are back at school. Also its been raining a fair bit up here so it will worht another visit in next day or 2 because there'll be more water through the hole in the bridge!
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
sounds good!
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D3ZTROYA Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
That's amazing!
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salmasalah Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
sorry this may sound really stupid, but i dont usually alter my photos. anyway what does 'RAW' mean??

Thanks
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
your new canon is capable of a lot more.... read all the comments on this poll
[link]
then send me a note and I'll tell you what you need to do.....Oh and do you have photoshop??
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salmasalah Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
oh really.. honestly i still havent had time to even look at what my camera can do... its so confusing and complicated, i srsly need someone to tutor me.

anyway i read the poll comments, it is helpful. thanks.

Yes i have photoshop 7.0 at home. is that good enough?
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chiarafsc Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
This is so helpful! Thank you so much for putting this tutorial together!

It is really detailed. Thanks again! :hug:
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Capo-Colori Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
How i add my photoshop the RAW image ?
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MasterFruityLoops Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Canon's RAW format producing cameras come with that software as well. :)
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
which photoshop have you got? Cs3 will convert RAW files to Tiffs whcih you must do. You should also have a program software with your camera.. nikon software which will convert your RAW files into tiffs... thats necessary first.. sorry I assumed knowledge of this!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Finally got around to using this mate...my first ever exposure blending [link]

I've credited you, this was really useful and something I'll be using a lot more in the future. :-)
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
wonderfully clear and balanced result Andy.. sorry I took so long to notice coment!
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cagdasyoldas Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Professional Photographer
nice technique. thanks for sharing!
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
No problem buddie! You using RAW yet?
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cagdasyoldas Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
I use RAW for HDRI.
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2008
and lots of achronyms :rofl:
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damien-c Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008
I've tried this on my latest, attempting to make it look better without the hazards of HDR. One day, Sun-Seeker, one day...
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
which shot.. flaking???
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damien-c Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
yes :bucktooth:
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
remind me to comment that you did well
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damien-c Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2008
One day I'll get it right, have to keep on trying. I really want to do some landscapes but northern Portugal is too hazy and there's that pollution fog everywhere. It's all so weird in the Summertime...:(
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SeaMist Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Thanks David :clap:
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2008
Once you have done a couple it will be as fast as anything.... just watch if you have trees etc popping up across the horizon because you can end up showing halos around them.. clean horizons work best.... also you can lower the opacity in various areas of the shot to show thru less of the lighter layer if you want to make a vignette for eg.
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SeaMist Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008
Thanks David :)
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iwantimac2005 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
+1
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tralalalla Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2008
You were featuerd here: [link] Very helpful tutorial you've made, thank you =)
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BetulaNigra Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
One of things I love about Photoshop CS3 is the ability to open any photo in RAW. It opens a whole new way of working with images. Thanks for the wonderfully clear tutorial.
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Thanks Kurt preciated.... how the tablet going?
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BetulaNigra Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Unfortunately it is gathering dust next to the computer. I like it, but I just don't seem to have the drive to do any art right now.--too many other things on my plate (like work).
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Dshark Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Student Digital Artist
I like this tequnique, and the way you explained it was pretty good too. However what you did to the image in my opinion makes it look fake. I think you could put this technique to more effective use if the changes were more subtle. But thats just my 2 cents. Nice work.
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Agreed.. did you go to the finished dev link in the comments? I think that was gentler....I exagerated the tute photos to make sure you could see what was happening! You commented on [link] sunrise soliloquy and that used this method.. not fake looking... actually you can be as subtle as you like with PS and the photos are usually better for it! :)
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Dshark Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Yeah and I understand that(and thats how i got to the tut ;)), but I like that one better, because the waves don't contrast as much.
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The-name1ess Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Awesome tutorial mate, thanks :)
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2008
Its a very useful technique and a good alternative to HDR!
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Lishaa Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
Thank you for sharing ! :)
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2008
hope it goes well!
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Sortvind Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
this is one of my fav ways of working if i shoot raw, i often find it better than using hdr.
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner May 29, 2008
Thanx... so you sometimes shoot Jpeg? I canna do a thing with them... except post them on the net!
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Sortvind Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
i use rpg 95% of the time, usually the exposure is as i want it, and it just needs contrast and color adjustments. I wish raw softwares had layer masks!
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wilderBeest Featured By Owner May 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Cheers Davo.

This is another excellent tut. I have renewed some old photo's and resurrected some that were just not good enough to post. I have not got CS3 singing yet, but keeps these tutorials coming and I hope to soon. ;)
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
This will resurrect an almost dud photo! :thumbsup:
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Pascale-Marry Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
excellent work, I will try to translate. thank you for to divide .
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner May 25, 2008
Good luck! :thumbsup:
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my-shots Featured By Owner May 24, 2008
:thumbsup:... simple and effective....
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Camera Data

Make
Canon
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Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Shutter Speed
1/125 second
Aperture
F/2.7
Focal Length
6 mm
Date Taken
May 3, 2008, 2:38:15 AM
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