I took this during my last trip to Las Vegas for the Mostly Photo walk in the opulent Venetian Hotel. So much gold!!! :P I didn’t have my tripod so I hand-held this shot. I used Lightroom to decrease some of the noise I got from using ISO 2000, then I took the one photo into Photoshop where I spend close to 2 hours cloning, healing and masking out crowds of people from the shot. It took forever, but with the crowds of people the shot looked really messy.
I then took the shot into Photomatix and applied tone mapping to draw some details. The two major problem areas that arise from tone mapping one image is noise and lack of contrast, so I usually reduce the noise and increase contrast in Lightroom. I also increased the saturation of the blues and red accents.
Here’s a short video of our amazing Mostly Photo Walk in Las Vegas!