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FREE Video Tutorial: Light Painting In Arches NP

In Arches National Park, Blog, Utah by JamesB5 Comments

Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. That was the case for me when my eyes were opened to the possibilites that exist with low light, light painting, long exposures and Photoshop. In this video tutorial, I go over an image I created in Arches National Park a couple years back where I took multiple shots of the same scene where each image had a different part of the scene illuminated. I then take all 5 images into Photoshop and apply some basic masking techniques and blend mode utilization to bring them all together in one final image. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments. Thanks!

  • Tony Pearson

    Thanks, nice video. Are you planning a Photoshop video course for people like me who know Lightroom but have too much fear of Photoshop? If so, then this video would count as far too advanced, as it doesn’t explain; it assumes a lot of preexisting knowledge of Photoshop.


    • Hey Tony! Yes, as a matter of fact, I’m right in the middle of creating my Photoshop course! This first course will be geared towards beginners as a way of getting you comfortable with the program and all the basic (and a few advanced) tools you’ll use on a regular basis. Hope to have it done in the next month, 2 max. Stay tuned!

  • RichardKate Depinay

    I agree with Tony. Been using Lightroom for 5 years, know it well. Photoshop? Absolutely nothing, and it looks so much more complicated than Lightroom!
    So basically you lost me at: ” so I have this picture used as a base layer”… Heck, I don’t even know how you could get the 5 pictures there!…:-)

  • Mike Giovinazzo

    fun use of Blending. Not quite sure however why you chose to turn
    lights on for each car individually as opposed to have all the lights on
    with a single exposure. Advantage might have been ability to
    brighten/darken each set of lights independently but there didn;t seem
    to be a need in this case.

    • That’s a solid point you bring up Mike! You’re right, it might have worked just the same if we had turned all the lights on for one foreground shot. The reason we did multiple shots was because the primary goal was to show the workshop students how to do layer blending in Photoshop, so having a larger set of exposures to work with was the mission.