As almost everybody, I am a self-taught photographer, and while learning images post-processing have probably stepped on all kinds of rakes. Started with RAW converters, then was Photomatix and other HDR software, low quality panoramas - basically I was learning all I could.
The biggest step forward was a lesson on luminosity masks that I bought once. Even though all the masks were built manually without the luminosity masking panel help, only with luminosity masks I finally started getting accurately processed images and naturally looking exposure blends.
My free luminosity masking course will help also you make this big step forward.
This section introduces you to masks in Adobe Photoshop, explaining which kinds there are and how they can be used
Most of the course is focused in this section, showing practical examples of how to make and apply most common types of luminosity masks.
In the final lesson a more advanced technique is used when luminosity masks are used together with Dodge&Burn.