Capturing a great night photo with your camera is only half the battle to producing a truly stunning image. In the digital age, you must know how to properly process these images on the computer. An inability to do so can leave you with photos that don't come close to fulfilling their potential.
In his three instructional videos, renowned photographer Grant Collier
provides over 7 hours of step-by-step instructions on how to post-process night photos in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop (Versions of Photoshop CS3 thru CC and Lightroom 4 thru CC are recommended).
Although these videos are geared towards night photography, you'll be able to apply much of what you learn to your daytime photos as well.
Grant has included watermarked practice photos that you can use to follow along with his instruction.
The videos will be delivered as downloadable MP4s (approx. 3GB for all three videos). These videos are best used in conjunction with Grant's book "Collier's Guide to Night Photography,"
which explains in detail how to capture photos at night.
You can also view Grant's Recommended Night Photography Gear
Update from 2020:
These videos were created in 2015, but the aspects of Photoshop and Lightroom that are covered have changed very little. In Photoshop, "Refine Mask..." is now called "Select and Mask," but will otherwise work the same. In Lightroom, there is now a Dehaze slider that is useful for enhancing contrast in the night sky, especially the Milky Way. The interface for the stitching software Image Composite Editor has been simplified into an easy-to-follow 4-step process, and it works better than ever.
Most everything else remains current.