Photography podcast #124 features an interview with Arizona fine art photographer Tony Kuyper. After years of experimentation Tony has developed an intermediate post processing technique NOT based on the pixels that make up the image but rather the brightness levels or tones that make up the image. One of the game changing reasons to work in this way is the tonal control and level of precision you can achieve with your selections and the fact that these selections are naturally perfectly feathered. This is accomplished by creating a luminosity mask (in Gimp, Photoshop Elements or Photoshop) and Tony describes how and why to do this in the podcast.
Although this is an intermediate level podcast, newer photographers might want to listen to get ideas for future study and post-processing play. Tony explains the concepts clearly!
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Here are some of Tony’s images processed with and without luminosity masks. You can see that the images processed with the masks ‘sing’ louder.
Links /resources mentioned in this podcast:
Luminosity masks — Tutorial on Tony’s site
Tony’s tutorials page
GIMP luminosity mask tutorial
Photography assignment on our forum — Space
Level 2 photography assignment on our forum — Diptychs
Illuminight — Photography exhibition by Marko Kulik
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