Create a Milky Way Composite Night Photo in Photoshop. Part 2: Select & Mask

Learn how to create a Milky Way Composite Night Photo in Photoshop. In this video I cover techniques to create virtually perfect selections and masks for a clean composite. To follow along you need a Milky Way photo plus a photo from the same composition shot during dusk.

Part 1: Edit and process the Milky Way in Lightroom or ACR
Part 2: Create a Milky Way Composite in Photoshop, Matching Color and Tone
Part 3: Create a Milky Way Composite in Photoshop, Perfect Selections and Masks
Part 4: Create a Milky Way Composite in Photoshop, Cleaning Up and Final Touches

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Behind the Scenes of this Photo


Taken in the Pioneer Basin, John Muir Wilderness, high Sierra Nevada mountains in California on July 11th, 2014

At the tail end of a 5-day backpacking trip through the John Muir Wilderness I woke up to that rarest of Sierra sights: clouds in the sky at morning. After shooting the blazingly colorful sunrise near the shores of the lowest Pioneer Basin lake I was amped up and excited to continue photographing. I wandered up Mono Creek looking for interesting compositions and came across this bend in the stream. A deep, wide pool caused the creek flow to slow down to a snail’s pace, allowing perfect reflections to form in the surface of the water. The clouds overhead diffused the morning sunlight on the landscape and with the help of a GND I was able to capture the painterly light bathing the scene.

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