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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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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Color Temperature Adjustment Using Adobe Cameraraw

Color Temperature Adjustment Using Adobe Cameraraw

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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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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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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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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Multiple Exposure Blended File

Multiple Exposure Blended File

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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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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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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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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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