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Dave's Star Photography Photoshop Actions, Luminosity Channels & Bonus Video Tutorial

Today I'm excited to introduce my Star Photography Photoshop Actions & Luminosity Channels plus a bonus video tutorial showing you exactly how to use them in your own post processing workflow.

Check Out the Video Below & Watch Dave Edit Two Photos Using the Actions

Using 100+ Star Photography Photoshop Actions & Luminosity Channels you can quickly and easily get great results, and learn the adjustments and tools used to get these results. I personally use these actions to edit each one of my star photos & can't wait for you to try them as well!

Free Downloads - Limited Time Offer Below

As a free and added bonus you'll also receive an in depth video tutorial showing you exactly how to use the actions, some of my favorite post processing tricks, a copy of my Under the Stars Lightroom 4 & 5 Presets, + much more. Complete details below!
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Watch Dave Edit this Photo Using the Actions in the Video Below!

Enough talk, let's edit some photos! Check out the video below to see the star photography actions in use while I edit 2 different photos! Please watch full screen in 720 or 1080P.

What You'll Receive with Your Purchase

Special Presale Offer - Ends Friday, October 3rd

Sign up below ( free to sign up ) to receive a special limited time presale offer which includes 25 bonus Star Photography Photoshop Actions, a 30 minute video tutorial showing you exactly how to use them & some bonus downloads including 48 Star Photography Lightroom Presets.

When the Star Photography Photoshop Actions & Luminosity Channels officially launch on Friday, October 10th, 2014 you will be the first to know, and have a chance to purchase if you like!

Dave's Star Photography Actions Bundle Package 
  • 86+ Star Photography Photoshop Actions
  • Star Photography Luminosity Channels ( I'll show you how to use these in the video tutorial! ) They are awesome!
  • 30+ minute In depth video tutorial showing you how to use the actions & channels.  I'll also show you some of my favorite post processing tricks and techniques which I use to edit my photos. We will edit 3 different photos in the tutorial using the actions.
  • Installation Instructions

Bonus Pre-Sale Savings, Actions & Lightroom Presets
This bonus material comes with the presale only and will not be included after the offer is over. Sign up below & take advantage. It's free to sign up:)
  • 15$ Presale Savings
  • 25 Additional Star Photography Photoshop Actions
  • 48 Under the Stars Lightroom Presets (Lightroom 3 and Newer)

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I'm really excited for you all to try out these actions for the first time. I've personally been using them for the past 6 months and they have completely changed the way I edit / post process my photos! Effective & Powerful, yet easy to use, You're gonna love them!

You'll receive even more info including pricing upon signing up below + a free copy of my new eBook 3 Tricks for Focusing at Night

More info and Frequently Asked Questions below the next photo
Another Photo Edited with Dave's Star Photography Actions

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need to have any Photoshop experience to effectively use these actions?
A: No, you can be a beginner opening Photoshop for the first time and get great results with these actions.  You can also be an intermediate or expert Photoshop user and get just as much out of the actions.

I've designed them allowing beginners to get great results with the click of a button, intermediate users can tweak and adjust the different user input settings to get desired results of their own, and experts can use the included luminosity channels to adjust the settings even more for complete over all control of their photos.

Not only will you get great results, you'll also learn the tricks I use to get these results within Photoshop. You'll learn all these skills in the bonus video tutorial.

Q: Which version of Photoshop is required for the actions?
A: You can use and install these actions on Photoshop CS3 & newer, including Photoshop Creative Cloud. These actions will not work with Photoshop Elements.

Q: Why would I want to purchase actions?
A: When I edit / post process my star photos, there are certain tasks which I do on a consistent basis, such as increase the contrast or brightness of just the Milky Way or stars, selectively add color, contrast, glow, or saturation, apply noise reduction, and many other techniques. Although these tasks are easy to say, they take 5-10 different selections or clicks of a button within Photoshop to complete.

Using the Photoshop actions you can perform these same tasks with just one click of a button and get great results every time. This allows the user to concentrate more on his/her artistic workflow and less on the actual labor of performing these tasks. Keep in mind, you can adjust each action to suit your exact needs if required!

Twilight Voodoo - Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Interested in learning about 10 of my favorite photography planning applications, websites, tools, and computer programs? Just click the link below you'll receive my latest eBook Dave's Top 10 Photography Planning Tools delivered to your inbox:) I use these every time I go out to shoot!

I recently spent 6 days backpacking in Montana's Glacier National Park. We started up near the Canadian border on the East side of the park and hiked 36 miles South through Glacier's wild back country. There wasn't any close contact with bears so that's a plus!

Here are a few Behind the Scenes Photos from the trip. I'm currently working on editing some portfolio images from Glacier, let's just say, the skies are nice and dark in that part of the country! Milky Way galore.
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My Brother Lee & I Hiking in Glacier National Park, Montana
The landscape of Glacier are some of the best I've ever scene. This was taken on a 5 day backpacking trip in Glacier's back country.We stayed out late and captured the Milky Way rising over the massive peaks in the distance which are just a few miles south of the Canadian Border.
Looking North Towards Canada from the Top of Red Gap Pass

The Shot
Anyone that's been to Mount Rainier probably knows this location. Back in 2013 I was driving past Reflection Lakes on the way home from a night of milky way photography and stumbled across near perfect conditions for a twilight shoot.

This shot was taken well before sunrise, but the camera still picked up a nice little glow out of the South East which can be seen in this composition. It comes from single RAW file which was lightly processed in both Lightroom & Photoshop using the following techniques. The total processing time took about 20 minutes.

  • Provide "cool" feel to the photo using Temperature & Tint Sliders
  • Recover Shadows & Blacks
  • Minimal Vibrance Boost
  • Lens Profile Correction & Remove Chromatic Aberration
  • Export to full size TIFF file
  • Apply Tony Kuypers Luminosity Masking Actions & Techniques to bring out the "mid-tones" and darker shadows in the photo. I also added slight global contrast. 
  • Minimal selective color balance adjustments to give the photo a "cool" feel. 
  • Selective adjustments on the "foggy" parts of the photo to bring up the brightness.
  • Final Web Sharpening once again using the TK Actions noted above.
  • Save for web as JPEG in sRGB color space. Good video tutorial on that topic HERE
It's somewhat hard to see on the web size version of this photo, but full size the water droplets on the grass in the foreground really sparkle and add depth to the photo:)

As always click the photo to see it full size on a black background
A misty twilight @ Mount Rainier National Park.

Not of this World - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Let's kick things off with a free eBook! 3 Tricks for Focusing at Night, is digitally published and ready to go. I'm excited to see what you think! Contained within the book are 3 of my favorite methods for focusing at night or in low light conditions.

On to some other free goodies. Focus Stacking is a technique which I often use for an array of different shooting situations. This latest tutorial will take you step by step through the entire process, starting with shooting and ending with post processing. Best viewed in 1080P.

Summer is full swing here in the Pacific Northwest which means lots of backpacking, teaching star photography workshops & exploring / scouting new locations. Here are a few Behind the Scenes Shots from the past couple of months.
Paul Weeks Shooting in the Rain Forest during a 3 Day Backpacking Trip || Olympic National Park, Washington
Solo Hike Under the Super Moon Light || Mount Baker Wilderness, Washington
Another Successful Night Under the Stars - July 2014 Star Photography Workshop Group || Mount Rainier, Washington

The Shot
After 8 unsuccessful attempts the weather finally allowed me to take this shot. I've always loved this composition, but there is considerable light pollution which is usually seen in the same location the where Milky Way is rising in this photo. There is one solution to this light pollution problem, wait until extremely dense low lying fog / clouds cover the valley below the crater.

On this particular night the sun had set and the fog started to roll in very quickly over the valley as seen just above the horizon of this photo. These conditions removed a considerable amount of light pollution from the skyline & allowed me to finish off the rest in Lightroom & Photoshop.

The photo is composed of 4 different shots, all taken with my tripod in the exact same place. The first two shots are for field of view. The entire Milky Way Core and the Crater won't fit into a single frame of the Nikkor 14-24mm lens ( @ 14mm ) so a vertical pano was used. The last (2) shots were taken 30 minutes before the first two shots capturing the immediate foreground / mid-ground using focus stacking techniques. Using a long ( 2 min ) exposure for the last (2) shots it was also possible to keep nice detail without using a high ISO and inducing noise. Some of these techniques are covered in the Focus Stacking Video Tutorial provided above.

As always click the photo to see it full size on a black background

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