How to make a good photograph when there are 2 (or more)
light sources that make over/sub-exposed zones ? You can't take a good shot
even by bracketing.
Here just my quick guideline..
On the principle
1) you put the light image over the dark one.
2) this tool will work with the light image to make light zones
to be transparent, and dark zones to be opaque.
3) the dark image is not taken into account (perhaps in a next
On the method :
1) start with the less effect parameters like this : hue = 1.0,
and all others to 0. Keep "triangular".
2) first adjust the "gap" in order to make a first cut up transparency
3) adjust the "bevel" to smooth the transparency mask.
4) depending on the images, you perhaps will enjoy the keep
a very cut up mask (high "gap" with small "bevel"), or rather a very smooth
mask (small "gap" with high "bevel"). Tune "gap" and "bevel" together to
make the look as best as possible.
5) tune the "blur" in order to average local variations. With
a cut up transparency mask, a tiny "blur" (3x3 for example) will force small
local pixels to adjust their transparency according to their neighbours.
With a smooth transparency mask, a large blur (100 x 100 for example) will
force local not pertinent transparency zones to adjust their transparency
with their neighbours..
6) with a heavy contrasted scene, increasing the "hue" to a
value > 1.0 will enable you to restore some over exposed zones that should
not bee too transparente. With low contrasted scene decreasing the "hue"
to a value < 1.0 will enable you to set transparent some lightening zone
that seems not enough transparent.
7) you can add a little noise on the mask to avoid stairs effect
on large zones.
8) you can add opaque or transparent rectangle to the mask to
force some zones that you can't obtain as you want without conflicting with