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Single Exposure Blending - How to Get the Most out of Your RAW Images - Example ImageIn this Hands-on Photo Tip, I will show you how to develop two separate versions of a single RAW image file and blend them together in Photoshop. One version is optimized for the highlights and the other one is optimized for the shadows.

Often you have a single exposure where the sky is too bright while the foreground is too dark. Your camera was basically able to capture the entire dynamic range, but tuning both the highlights and the shadows at the same time to make a good overall exposure can be difficult. Whatever you do to one part of the image also affects the other parts.

In this tip, we will tackle this problem by applying Adobe Camera Raw twice to the same RAW exposure. In this way, you can work on the different regions of your image separately which gives you much more flexibility for optimizing the overall photo.

16 Responses to Hands-on Photo Tip: Single Exposure Blending

  1. gael says:

    Thank you for all these tips Klaus, your tv channel is very clean and smart. Continued like this

  2. Ed says:

    Thank you for the fantastic post. I wish I had discovered your site earlier, I’ve learned so much just in this past month. This has to be the most beautiful and best laid out site I’ve ever been to. Your photos are fantastic.

  3. Walter says:

    You can do that inside PS with only one exposure, you just need to click right in the layer and select “New smart object via copy”, but it is a great tip! Cheers

    • farbspiel says:

      Thanks for adding the tip, Walter! There are so many different ways to achieve things in Photoshop. And it’s always good to explore alternative paths.


  4. Harry says:

    Hallo Klaus,

    mir gefällt dieser Tipp auch sehr gut. Und wie immer auch gut und nachvollziehbar erklärt. Wie alle Deine Tutorials.

    Anerkennende Grüße, Harry.

  5. Gary Mills says:

    Thanks for the lesson. I know I have some raw files that I will want to rework with these tips.

  6. Sam says:

    A big Thank you for the hardwork you had put in for all the tips. Keep up the good work!

  7. Klaus, as usual extraordinary explanation. Thank you for teaching. Your friend José.

  8. Thanks Klaus, very good tutorial, very sharp and good instructions. I know these are very time consuming but they sure do help.

  9. Keith Ormerod says:

    Great single exposure tutorial Klaus. Thanks for posting it. I’ll share this on my Facebook page too.

  10. Yoram Livne says:

    This is the first time I watched your video and I must say I’m impressed from the subject and the way the solution explained in a simple and clear

  11. mohit soni says:

    thanks for this great post..
    I tried it but I think I need some practice.
    I would be glad I could see my photographs on my page and give me some tricks so that I could improve them..


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