Exposure merging using stacks

Exposure merging brings together images deliberately shot at different exposure levels to produce an image of a higher dynamic range. Such an approach is likely when areas in your shot are in high contrast and you'd like to bring together differently exposed areas as a solution.

Not to be confused with HDR merge, exposure merging composites images without creating an HDR image or applying HDR tone mapping, producing quicker and often more natural results.

Exposure 01

Exposure 02

Final Exposure

Shooting tips

Here are a few things to consider when shooting.

Stack Operator To create an exposure merging stack:
  1. From the File menu, select New Stack.
  2. From the dialog, click Add to locate and select your images. Click Open to add the images to the stack list.
  3. Click OK.
  4. On the Layers panel, select the Mean or Mid-Range stack operator from the Stack Operator pop-up menu on the Live Stack Group layer.