Photographing and Processing the Constellation Orion: Image Stacking and LRGB Processing

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In this tutorial we talk about photographing the constellation Orion, stacking multiple astrophotography exposures to reduce noise and enhancing nebulosity with the LRGB Processing method using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.


Piak Lim says:

Great Tutorial, I've been trying so many times to shoot and to merge 32 exposure. But my PS said some image can't be stacked then it remove all photos.

I used A6500 + Sigma 30mm 1.3 DC DN.

I could manage to stack only 4 image.
Thanks in advance for any advise

solstafir2 says:

wonderfull video!! I encountered a problem when trening to copy the detail layer canvas into the nebulosity layer mask. would let me view the mask nor paste the canvas into it. I Erased my photoshop settings twice, But still the problem persists. working in photoshop CC. does anyone have a clue?

Avijit Nag says:

Ian, this is good. By following your tutorial I have achieved a fantastic result from some forgotten and almost discarded shots of Orion. Only that PS denied to align them together and during applying median filter the "Orion" disappeared. So I had to watch another of your Episode of Straightening horizon and individually aligned 40 frames – I just had to align the 3 stars in the belt. I also saw another channel where the photographer advises for Dithering – moving camera by couple of star Dia so that the noise reduction can be better. I will have to practice that but then if I am taking a frame every 25-30 sec, the stars will move so Dithering happens automatically. Idk – let me try and see what reduces the noise most. But as of now your tutorial is just fantastic. THANK YOU.

Amir Ali Emami says:

Super tutorial!

Joe Espindola says:

thank you so much for such an awesome tutorial! got yourself another subscriber!

will try your technique soon! cheers buddy! 🙂

Mr. Beardo says:

This video made me subscribe. Love how you explain everything. Keep doing that!!

Christine Robinson says:

Ian as you take the 32 x 10 seconds shot orion will have moved, how does Cs6 handle this, good or bad?

Kaustubh Singh says:

Thank you very much! just wanted to ask one thing… if you use shutter speed of 10 seconds, won't there be small trails? won't that affect??

Armando Morales says:

Excellent!! Thanks for sharing this tutorial, I reprocessed and image of Andromeda and now it certainly looks better

OTurner91 says:

When you do stacking, do you change your ISO or Shutter speed to get the different exposure shots?

My 760D wan'ts to either lower/up my ISO or shutter speed to shoot in different EV values.

Samsul Arifin says:

The best tutorial ever, thank you…

Alex Santos says:

This was more a demonstration video than a tutorial. Good skills.

remytv says:

I only see quick develop in lightroom, stuck at the beginning!

Jack Chow says:

Thanks again for the great tutorial!!!

Dave Suffys says:

Wow! the best tutorial ever on using photoshop for astro photography, two of my hobbies combined 🙂

Easy Piano Tutorials says:

Can anyone explain why, after waiting nearly 20 minutes for the stacking and median filter to process (apparently a 2012 imac isnt gonna cut it anymore) my image looked much less noisy, shows outstanding detail in my foreground, but now all of my stars have essentially been smudged away and erased completely. Obviously I'm not giving you much to work with, but does anyone have any ideas where I went wrong? It appears photoshop mistook the stars as noise and eliminated them, smoothing over my entire sky and ruining my star photo.

Joshua Garcia says:

Hi, i tried this process yesterday and i have a question, since the stars are moving how does Photoshop align them? when i tried it, it did not align them at all! saying some of the layers could not be aligned and then making a crazy crop to them. Do you all move your camera after every shot? or do you just let take the 32 shots and then let Photoshop try to do it. I don't want to get another program to do it i would like to see if i can just do it with Photoshop.

Joven Angeles says:

tried doing this (almost same settings but f/3.5) but when i process it the nebula won't show. what am i doing wrong?

Vincent McCloskey says:

…I've got is a Nikon D3300 and a 35mm 1.8 … realistically would I be able to get anything close to this? Basing my expectations on the D3300

Kurt Zeppetello says:

This was incredible how you blasted through LR2 and PS. I have been using DSS to stack images taken with my T3i modified camera and ED80 on a Sirius mount. Wondering if I could stack the deep sky images with LR2 like you did instead?

I like using LR2 and PS and I have used StarTools (but some modules are slow) along with PS and LR2. I just downloaded the PS plugin Astronomy Tools which I really like. However, it seems like PS and LR2 does everything these other programs can do. Do you use any other programs like PixInsight or just stick with LR2 and PS?

I really want to get better with processing and you made it look easy. If you are ever in Connecticut and need an intern, give me call. Cheers Kurt

Calvin Toh says:

Hi there, I am currently using sony a7ii and 28mm f/2z One thing i was confused is since i cannot change the exposure time and f/ number while taking the following shots, i dont think I am able to take 32 shots only by using different iso. Can I also change the exposure time as well instead of iso only?

chicotje says:

Hello, I have a Nikon D7000. I am thinking of getting the Samyang 14 or 24mm lens. Will this be a good setup for astrophotography? Cheers

huexley Yannick says:

finally a well detailled tutorial ! Best of all

Yao Yao says:

Awesome guide! thanks

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