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Remove Gradients in Your Astrophotos with Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the preferred weapon of choice for many astrophotographers of varying levels of experience.  The intuitive user interface and limitless image processing capabilities make it a real contender in the astrophotography world. The seamless integration with the .RAW image files produced by a Digital Camera makes Photoshop an attractive choice for photographers using popular Canon and Nikon DSLR's. It continues to be my personal favorite tool for processing astrophotography images. Whether you are brand new to astrophotography image processing, or a seasoned veteran, an…

Deep Sky Image Processing in Photoshop

Deep Sky Image Processing in Photoshop

Well, this is it.  In this deep sky image processing tutorial, I'll be combining all of the data I was able to collect on the Orion Nebula this winter.  As we transition into Spring, a new array of deep-sky imaging targets will present themselves.  The winter astrophotography targets in the Orion constellation will have to wait another year to get photographed. Deep Sky Image Processing Processing Walkthrough - Orion Nebula with a DSLR The total amount of detail I was able to capture on M42 this winter was 3 Hours and 8 minutes of color RGB data.  I will be incorporating 2 hours a…

Manual Stacking in Photoshop for Reduced Noise

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Even without a tracking mount, your astrophotography images can benefit from manual stacking in Photoshop.  This method involves aligning exposures and combining them into a master composite.  It can make a big impact on your astrophotos by reducing noise and improving the signal-to-noise ratio. [caption id="attachment_4045" align="aligncenter" width="713"] This night sky photo contains 11 exposures stacked manually in Photoshop[/caption] This technique requires no darks frames, no stacking software, and no tracking mount. The 2 software applications used in this tutorial are Adobe…