I recently came across the work of Tony Kuyper whos blog instructs the reader on a post processing technique for photoshop users. Tony describes how to create the various luminosity masks, but also has a downloadable action which can allow the user to generate all the masks needed at the click of a button. I decided to download all his actions and put them into action. This article is to report my findings and discuss applications for Luminosity Masks.

So far the best application is with Milkyway shots. With Tony’s plug in, you can really bring out the Milkyway with fantastic colours and contrasts. I am using the Lights and Darks adjustment layers.

In this shot I am using luminosity masks to bring out the best on the Northern Lights in a night sky.

Iceland aurora at Jökulsarlon

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