Many folks ask me how to get the results you see here in my portfolio, with Photomatix, Photoshop and the Luminosity Masking.
First of all, I am a fanatic in the KIS principle.
KEEP IT SIMPLE !
I’m serious. It doesn’t have to be hard to get to the results you want. Only thing you need to do is understand “what” you are doing. Get your grips on how to use layers, channels and the tools in photoshop. There’s tons of free tuts on you tube that allow you to fully understand this software, and with simple tools and good basic understanding you can get pretty far believe me.
Another very cool and amazing tools are the LUMINOSITY MASKS from Tony Cuyper. He created a bunch of TK-aktions ( presets ) to create improved masking ( channels ) so you can create the images you envisioned.
They provide top degree control over creative image developing, and became the most important tool for me and many other Landscape photographers all over the Globe. They provide detailed visual instruction on the basic concepts and go on to show how quickly and creatively these methods can be applied when developing images in Photoshop.
Luminosity masking is a tool I already use for some years now, and took me a fair amount of time to fully grasp on how I could use it, to create a personal style.
A colleague photographer and former teacher has recently created an awesome series on what they are and how to use them. I always had problems learning out of a book. It is dull. Even when you study your favorite subject. Since I’m a very visual person, this was a God given present. After seeing the vids I learned so much more, and discovered how much I was missing.
Do yourself a favor and check Luminosity Masking out. In the end you will not regret it. And that’s promise. You can find the website with vids by clicking on the banner on the right.
So basically one of my workflows is to put my bracketed shots into photomatix to produce one image that contains ALL the necessary data to create my visioned image. And then work on it in Photoshop in combination with the Luminosity Masking. That’s it.
I’m aware that many other pro photographers pretend that it takes a lot of skill before you can get the results you see here, but I say that’s not true. It’s just marketing to get their stuff sold.