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: 07 Use Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush

    Essential photo editing tricks for landscapes: 07 Use Lightroom's Adjustment Brush

    Image by Chris Rutter

    Digital Camera World Technique Editor Chris Rutter says

    I cut my photographic teeth in the traditional black and white darkroom, so dodging and burning have always been part of my image processing.

    But these adjustments are just as useful on colour landscape images as black and white, which is why I find the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom 4 invaluable.

    Even though I try to get as much detail as possible by using ND grads when I shoot, I find shooting at sunrise and sunset means that there will be large areas of the foreground that are in shadow.

    Essential photo editing tricks for landscapes: 07 Use Lightroom's Adjustment Brush

    Chris’s original image

    Using the Adjustment Brush I will lighten these shadow areas, and also add a little warmth to them, which is impossible to do at the capture stage.

    The Adjustment Brush is also perfect for lightening mountains and trees, which are above the horizon, so have been darkened by the ND grad filter.

    In this type of image I will also use the Adjustment Brush to fine-tune detail and colour in the sky.

    See more of Chris’s work

    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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