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.”

#1 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


#2 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

#3 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

#4 Color Temperature Adjustment Using Adobe Cameraraw

Color Temperature Adjustment Using Adobe Cameraraw

#5 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

#6 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

#7 Single Exposure Edit

Single Exposure Edit

#8 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

#9 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

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

HDR Bracketing Composited Using Photoshops Merge To HDR Nik Color Efex Pro Used For Post-Production

#11 Multiple Exposure Blended File

Multiple Exposure Blended File

#12 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

#13 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