In a previous video PhotoNERDs discussed a simple way to add contrast to your photograph by using a Curves Adjustment Layer. This technique can add a little bit of punch and magic to the image with boosted levels of whites and blacks. The results will give the impression of richer shadows and increased highlights.

The problem with adding in contrast to a photograph is that too much of it can crush the blacks too far, almost pushing them to pure black. This is also true for overexposing the highlights in certain areas as well. So a killer tip for optimizing control is to apply your image to the mask of the curves adjustment layer for added control and the perfect blend of contrast. The following video will show you how in under 2 minutes.

Apply Image to Maskplay

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 Way back in March we spent a few nights at the awesome #aurorabear yurt run by @frankstelges If you want to hang out at the coolest yurt while watching #auroraborealis reach out to him!! While waiting for the aurora to show up I ran the 80D in time-lapse mode and then stacked it all in #starstax which answers the question - what's it look like when you shoot the stars AND the full moon and StarStax it all. Captured with the #Canon #80D and 24mm f/2.8 lens. (Note - the 80D ran for 3 hours in near zero temps on one battery!)
 Left to Right - Mahtotopa Mountain(8,671 ft), Little Chief Mountain (9,514 ft), Citadel Mountain (9,035 ft) - as seen from Going-To-The-Sun Point #GlacierNP is awesome even if #loganpass is closed! I could tell you when it will open but we were sworn to secrecy :) #mckaylive
 Ponte Fabricio - one of many sweet bridges crossing the river Tiber.


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