Taking a good picture isn't easy. Taking an awesome picture is even harder. And taking an impossible picture is, well, impossible. Unless you use Photoshop that is.

Peter Stewart is an internationally published photographer with thousands of followers and millions of views. He's also a wizard with Photoshop, and you can see from these revealing before and after pictures just what sort of difference some clever editing can make.

“I like to approach my digital photography with a certain sense of the fantastical and the surreal,” Stewart told PetaPixel. He uses a technique called bracketed multiple exposure, which allows him to retain highlight details from different photographs before stacking them together into one picture.

“These before and after samples are simply meant to highlight what can be done with the power of Photoshop,' says Stewart. "As such, I have deliberately provided the most dramatic examples.”

More info: Peter Stewart | 500px | Instagram | Flicker (h/t: demilked, PetaPixel)

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HDR Bracketing Manually Blended In Photoshop. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production

HDR Bracketing Manually Blended In Photoshop. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production

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MiraMetzler
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5 years ago

reality is overrated

CandyCanes4U
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5 years ago

Only for those who can't deal with it.

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ElenaSebe
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5 years ago

HDR is not "Photoshopped". The camera cannot pick all the range of colors that the eye can so HDR or "high dynamic range" combines 3 or 5 photos shot at different exposures in a single photo, in order to get more color range and depth. If done correctly it is just normal...

Rism
Community Member
5 years ago

Whoah! I always amazed by these kinds of pictures... Yep, i dont hv time & skill to do photoshop @.@

DavinaRees
Community Member
5 years ago

This is why when we got there it was a bit of a let down. I literally said 'it looks nicer in pictures'

dkekesi
Community Member
5 years ago

I've been fortunate to actually stay here (Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy) and witness the blue hours. While the colors are over-saturated, obviously, the buildings are indeed colorful.

dkekesi
Community Member
5 years ago

Oh, yes, I also do have a photo like this... and I also bumped the saturation :) Place just begs for the extra pop.

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Graphicsit seo
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3 years ago

looking marvelous .................

Donna Benson
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5 years ago

and my biggest surprise of photoshopping!

TimGostling
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5 years ago

Yeah and,where's the problem?

CupcakeQueen
Community Member
5 years ago

Why is color enhancing counted as Photoshop? I do it all the time, but I've never really considered it Photoshop!

RogerMosley
Community Member
5 years ago

Color saturation in the final image is a bit overdone for my taste; other than that I like the processing. HDR is a great tool and this image shows how it can really work. If you don't like the image, then don't look at it. I get tired of being told by some folks that some of my images do not look like the original -

JulieToberman
Community Member
5 years ago

I put this puzzle together lol

SallyVogel
Community Member
5 years ago

Looks like a lot of increased saturation as well.

LauraRobinson
Community Member
5 years ago

I prefer the natural shots.

RehanaDewan
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5 years ago

R u serious???!!!

LaurenHillard
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5 years ago

Seems more like an ad for nik color efex pro..

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Single Raw Image Copied Twice Then Flipped And Cut Diagonally, Then Masked To Create A Seamless Join. Image Then Brightened To Reveal Detail

Single Raw Image Copied Twice Then Flipped And Cut Diagonally, Then Masked To Create A Seamless Join. Image Then Brightened To Reveal Detail

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ShaudaySmith
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5 years ago

very cool. love the red saturation.

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Color Temperature Adjustment Using Adobe Cameraraw

Color Temperature Adjustment Using Adobe Cameraraw

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SanielaHnfc
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5 years ago

What is this place called ? Aws still :D

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Perspective Re-Correction And Power Line Removal In Photoshop. Color Enhancements Using Color Efex Pro

Perspective Re-Correction And Power Line Removal In Photoshop. Color Enhancements Using Color Efex Pro

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SuzanneSpina
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5 years ago

Too bright

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Various Sky Adjustments Performed In Photoshop. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production Color Enhancements

Various Sky Adjustments Performed In Photoshop. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production Color Enhancements

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AlptekinEmre
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5 years ago

I prefer both of them

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Overexposed Image With Detail Brought Back Using Camera Raw. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production Color

Overexposed Image With Detail Brought Back Using Camera Raw. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production Color

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AshleyMaccallum
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5 years ago

This is the only one I like, as it still looks real. The others are over manipulated and just scream "photoshop", which in my mind, then totally takes away from the photo.

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Single Exposure Edit

Single Exposure Edit

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dkekesi
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5 years ago

Standard contrast+saturation+color balance. Nothing to see here. Move along.

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Gradual Orange Sky Gradient And Color Adjustments Performed In Adobe Cameraraw. Sunrays Created In Photoshop, With Added Glow

Gradual Orange Sky Gradient And Color Adjustments Performed In Adobe Cameraraw. Sunrays Created In Photoshop, With Added Glow

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dkekesi
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5 years ago

This is quite obvious for anyone who has ever seen real sky.

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HDR Bracketing Composited Using Photoshop's 'Merge To HDR'. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production

HDR Bracketing Composited Using Photoshop's 'Merge To HDR'. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production

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ShaudaySmith
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5 years ago

i can vaguely see mt Fugi in the first two exposures, however the final image looks very photoshopped. Like the mountain was popped in from a completely different image. That's not what you want in most final images .

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HDR Bracketing Manually Blended In Photoshop. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production

HDR Bracketing Manually Blended In Photoshop. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production

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Donna Benson
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5 years ago

Example of photoshopping

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Multiple Exposure Blended File

Multiple Exposure Blended File

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LoisBrown
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5 years ago

Whatever happened to reality?

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Adjustments To Contrast And Color To Reduce Haze And 'Warm Up' The Image. Composite Sky Blended Into Frame, With Sun Glow Added In

Adjustments To Contrast And Color To Reduce Haze And 'Warm Up' The Image. Composite Sky Blended Into Frame, With Sun Glow Added In

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JoyceMitchell
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5 years ago

Kodachrome They give us those nice bright colors They give us the greens of summers Makes you think all the world’s A sunny day, oh yeah

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2x Exposures Manually Blended In Photoshop. Perspective Fixed In Cameraraw. Color Adjustments Made Using Nik Color Efex Pro

2x Exposures Manually Blended In Photoshop. Perspective Fixed In Cameraraw. Color Adjustments Made Using Nik Color Efex Pro

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Autumn
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5 years ago

The sky doesn't go very well but the buildings look vibrant and elegant.

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HDR Bracketing Manually Blended In Photoshop. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production Color Enhancements

HDR Bracketing Manually Blended In Photoshop. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production Color Enhancements

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AliciaMargaritaMachinMastromatteo
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5 years ago

Yubaba's bathhouse in real life :D

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3x Exposures Manually Composited In Photoshop CC. Replacement Sky Layer Manually Overlaid And 'Painted' In

3x Exposures Manually Composited In Photoshop CC. Replacement Sky Layer Manually Overlaid And 'Painted' In

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ShaudaySmith
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5 years ago

the cloud image does not follow the light source and coloring of the building and jungle.

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HDR Bracketing Manually Blended In Photoshop. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production

HDR Bracketing Manually Blended In Photoshop. Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production

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ShaudaySmith
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5 years ago

you don't need that sun radiance on the left.

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#17

Contrast And Color Temp Corrected. Color Enhancements Made Using Vsco And Nik Color Efex Pro

Contrast And Color Temp Corrected. Color Enhancements Made Using Vsco And Nik Color Efex Pro

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Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production Color Enhancements

Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production Color Enhancements

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LeannaPeiffer
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5 years ago

Some of the photo's look better in their natural state, and others not so much.

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Tonal Adjustments Made Using Nik Color Efex Pro. Composite Sky Blended Into Frame Manually

Tonal Adjustments Made Using Nik Color Efex Pro. Composite Sky Blended Into Frame Manually

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Autumn
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5 years ago

The sky does not go at all

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