Peter Zelinka | Photo Editing

Photo Editing Tutorials


Adobe Camera RAW 

This Video Tutorial provides an in-depth look at Adobe Camera RAW, including: White Balance, Lens Corrections, HSL Sliders, Sharpening, Noise Reduction, and more!




Enhance Fall Colors

In this video I cover various ways to fix colors using Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop.  You can use these techniques to alter the colors in any photo, however this video is mainly geared towards bringing out the beautiful Reds, Yellows, and Oranges of Autumn.



Landscape Tutorial

Learn how to edit your landscape photos using a variety of Photoshop tricks and techniques.  This tutorial also covers the exposure blending process using Luminosity Masks.  


Macro Focus Stacking 

In this video I show you how to increase your Depth of Field in Macro images.  First, you need to take multiple images in the field.  I recommend using a tripod and remote shutter with the camera in Live View mode.  When you are using Live View, you can Zoom-In and perfectly tweak your focus.  Your goal is to have photos of the entire subject in focus.  I recommend starting at the front of your subject, and slowly working your way to the back.  You may need to take 10+ images to get the entire subject in focus.



Milky Way Tutorial

In this Tutorial I show how to create a stylized Milky Way photo using Adobe Camera RAW and Photoshop.  If you want to learn more about Milky Way Photography, check out my full-length guide.


Nebulosity / Star Reduction Tutorial 

In this video I show my personal Nebulosity workflow.  My main goal with this process is to bring out more detail in the Milky Way and nebulae.  


Reduce Noise - Photo Stacking 

This tutorial explains how to use Sequator, a free program that will help reduce noise in your photos.  By taking multiple images of the same scene, you can blend the photos together and effectively remove the ISO-related grain.  A tripod is necessary to collect these images.  This method can be used on all types of photography, as long as neither the camera or scene moves between each photo.  I recommend taking 10-20 photos to reduce the grain effectively.  For more information of collecting the initial photos, check out my Milky Way Tutorial.  




Remove Amp Glow

In this video I explain how to remove Amp Glow from your Milky Way photos.  I notice Amp Glow predominately in my underexposed foregrounds.  As the sensor heats up, Amp Glow becomes more visible.  The best way to reduce Amp Glow is to simply capture more light.  I recommend taking a 4 minute long exposure at ISO 800, f/2.8 with Long Exposure Noise Reduction turned ON.  This should drastically reduce noise and virtually eliminate Amp glow from your foreground.  Also, it's important to keep the sensor as cool as possible, mainly by minimizing Live View usage.  This tutorial covers some tricks to remove Amp Glow using Dark Frames, Adobe Camera RAW, and Photoshop.



Remove Hot Pixels  

This video is crucial for all Long Exposure photographers.  Hot Pixels start to appear in your images when the sensor heats up.  I notice Hot Pixels mainly when I do long exposures during the day.  Milky Way photographers will also occasionally see Hot Pixels in their photos.  The best way to remove Hot Pixels is in-camera.  For Nikon shooters, turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction in the Photo Shooting Menu.  Once activated, LENR will automatically remove all of the Hot Pixels in your images!  However, it will also double your total exposure time.  So a 30 second photo will now take 1 minute.  This can really eat up valuable time, so I normally only use this on warmer days / nights when the sensor will have lots of Hot Pixels.



Star Tracker Blending Tutorial

This is a great tutorial for blending two exposures together using Luminosity Masks.  The main goal of this tutorial is to show how to create a clean, detailed layer mask for blending the foreground and sky photos together.


Star Trails Tutorial - Photoshop

This tutorial covers the Photoshop method of creating Star Trails.  If you don't have a good computer (SSD and 12+ GBs of RAM), you may want to skip this method and use StarStaX!  For more information on collecting the Star Trails images, check out my Star Trails Tutorial.