Using Layers and Masks in Photoshop to Improve Exposure

On this video photographer Tony Northrup looks at working with layers and masks in Photoshop to create a better exposure landscape image.

Northrup actually starts this video in Lightroom showing a different tip for combining to copies of the same image which were processed in a different way. You can do this in Photoshop as well by duplicating the original image as a separate layer and working on each of them.

Now the interesting thing which Northrup suggest here is to not use a regular mask with a selection but instead use a mask with a gradient and later on he also adds a bit of selection tool (for a specific object such as the balloon). In this way we get a much more realistic looking image and exposure which does not look overly processed.

You can check out other advanced videos we have published demonstrating the use of layer masks in Photoshop.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section. If you liked Tony and Chelsea Northrup you can check out more of their videos here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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