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. The book also discusses a lot of post-processing techniques, but the videos
go into more detail and allow you to follow along with step-by-step instructions.
You can also view Grant's Recommended Night Photography Gear
Update from 2021:
These videos were created in 2015, but the aspects of Photoshop and Lightroom that are covered haven't changed much. Nevertheless, we are providing a 40% discount because they are older.
The main thngs that have changed are as follows: In Photoshop, "Refine Mask..." is now called "Select and Mask." It still has all the features discussed in the video, along with some new ones. You should also go to Edit > Preferences > Tools, and click "Show Reference Point When Using Free Transform." In Lightroom, there is now a Dehaze slider that is useful for enhancing contrast in the night sky, especially the Milky Way. It is easier to use Lightroom Classic CC to follow along (rather than Lightroom CC), as the interface is the same. The interface for the stitching software Image Composite Editor was simplified, but Microsoft then discontinued the download link. You can, however, find download links for both versions, at: https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/4551999
. Topaz DeNoise has also been simplified, and there's now just a few sliders you use to easily reduce noise. The TK Luminosity panels have been updated, but work in the same way. They also now have a simplified, free version that has most features I explain on the video.