The Two Layer Technique

The following is an example of an image with a dynamic range of 10 stops of dynamic range from the mask, which is Previsualized as Zone II, to the wings that I want to be Zone VIII. This is clearly far beyond the range of contrast that can be controlled using normal digital processing techniques.

FIGURE 117 Very high contrast digital image.

Here are the steps required to combine two very different exposures of this still life into one image with both open shadow areas and detailed highlights:

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