14 photo editing tips and tricks every landscape photographer must know

    | Landscape | Photography Tips | 12/06/2013 00:01am
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    Essential photo editing tricks for landscapes: 02 Blend raw exposures

    Essential photo editing tricks for landscapes: 02 Blend raw exposures

    Your camera has a limited dynamic range, which means when presented with high-contrast scenes like the one above it will struggle to record everything the eye sees.

    Luckily, Raw files contain such an incredible amount of detail that a seemingly dud exposure like our start image here can produce surprisingly good results.

    Camera Raw’s tonal controls have become so good that they now surpass those found in Photoshop, especially when working with Raw files.

    The trick with scenes like this is to process the image twice: once for the bright areas and once for the shadows.

    We can do this quickly and easily by using Smart Objects in Photoshop. Once we have our two treatments we can paint a simple Layer Mask to blend them together. Here’s how…

    01 Process for the shadows

    01 Process for the shadows
    Open your start image into Photoshop and it will automatically open in Camera Raw. In the Basic Panel, set Exposure to +0.63, Shadows to +63, and Clarity to +55. Hold down Shift and click the Open Object button to open the image into Photoshop as a Smart Object.

    02 Process for the highlights

    02 Process for the highlights
    In the Layers Panel, right-click the layer and choose New Smart Object via copy. Double-click the thumbnail of the copy to send the layer back to Camera Raw. Double-click Exposure, Shadows and Clarity to reset them to Exposure -0.20, Highlights -50, Whites -19.

    03 Blend the layers

    03 Blend the layers
    Hit OK, click the Add Layer Mask icon then grab the Brush tool. Set the colour to black and press 3 for 30% Opacity. Paint over the foreground to hide parts of the darker layer, revealing the lighter treatment below. Press X and paint with white if you want to reveal more of the top layer.

    PAGE 01 Master HDR
    PAGE 02 Blend raw exposures
    PAGE 03 Combine several photos into panoramas
    PAGE 04 Reveal more detail with Layer Masks
    PAGE 05 Control the tonal range
    PAGE 06 How to make light rays
    PAGE 07 Use Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush
    PAGE 08 Use Selective Adjustments
    PAGE 09 How to use focus stacking
    PAGE 10 Make a ‘Dotscape’
    PAGE 11 Make a surreal scene
    PAGE 12 Light painting
    PAGE 13 The key to editing in black and white
    PAGE 14 Raw tonal control

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    Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Landscape, Photography Tips.

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