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Super Simple Ways for Editing Landscape Photography

Landscape photography is the art of taking pictures of nature and landscapes. As a photographer, you are capturing the spirit of the outdoors, as well as capturing how you see and feel nature. Editing your landscape photographs can help you with your goal in making your viewers see and feel the same emotions that you felt at that moment when you are with nature.

In this article, I will be sharing super simple yet effective ways for editing landscape photography.

Choose a Good Landscape Photo

The first step is to choose a landscape photo that you want to edit. You can easily play or edit your landscape photo if it is in good quality—good lighting, sharp and clean composition, and a clear message of what you want to convey.

You should always remember that your aim is to enhance your landscape photograph, and not to totally fix or drastically edit your photo. What you want to do is to restore the natural scene that you witnessed and felt during that moment. And that is why you should always start with a good landscape photo to work with.

Shoot Landscape Images in RAW

By shooting photos in RAW instead of JPEG (compressed and smaller files), you are able to record the uncompressed and unprocessed data captured from the image. Thus, you can make various changes in your file or photo without losing your image’s quality. What’s more is that RAW files are non-destructive. With that being said, all the manipulation and edits you will make to the image will still have the original file or data that you can go back to if you want to undo any changes you have made.  

Some advantages of shooting in RAW include:

  • Allow more flexibility in editing or post-production
  • Reduce the color banding problem
  • Smoother color graduation
  • Increase the chances of retaining the original file
  • Better detail or highest level of quality
  • Greater levels of brightness and easily adjust the white balance
  • Easily correct dramatically over or underexposed images
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Remove Distracting Objects in the Scene

There are instances that no matter how cautious you were in the field while shooting, there will be chances that your photos might contain distractions or noise. This noise can be sensor dust or people or things in the wrong places. These noises or distractions are not only unpleasant in the eyes, but can shift your viewers’ focus away from your photo and ruin the photo’s message translation.  

Combine Sharpening and Denoising

In relation to removing distracting objects in your photos, photographers use the sharpening and denoising in editing their photos. This technique’s primary goal is to reduce the noise and, at the same time, preserve image edges. By doing this technique, the result of your image is more visually appealing and easier to convey. 

You use sharpening when an image is not clear. This method enhances the edges of the object in the image to make it look crisp and clear. But make sure that you only use the right amount of sharpness. Using too much sharpness can make an image worse by exaggerating the image edges, making it look unnatural. 

You should also use an “unsharp mask.” This is a sharpening technique by increasing the contrast along the edges of the image without increasing noise or blemish. It does not create additional detail, but enhances the appearance of detail.

Adjust Individually the Hue, Saturation, and Luminance

When your landscape photo color is completely desaturated, it needs grayscale rendering. One way to solve this issue is by adjusting the image’s hue, saturation, and luminance

Hue deals with the color’s actual tones, it is made up of primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) and the three secondary colors (orange, green, and violet).

Saturation is the vividness or intensity of the color’s hue. The higher the saturation, the more vivid the color will be. On the contrary, the lower the saturation, you turn the color into a shade of gray.

Luminance in Lightroom is the brightness of a color. It has almost the same effect as a polarizing filter (a must-have filter for landscape photographers), but in this matter, you are applying it to the photo that has already been taken, instead of while you are taking the photo. It adds vividness and life to improve a photo’s appearance.

There is no proper technique or right way to adjust the hue, saturation, and luminance individually. You are adjusting these colors to meet your artistic vision of your landscape photo. As long as you are happy with the outcome of your color adjustments and your landscape photo doesn’t look fake—you are adjusting the colors appropriately. 

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Edit Landscape Photography Using Adobe Lightroom C

Adobe Lightroom CC is designed to meet the photographer’s needs in editing their photos. Unlike Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom is a non-destructive photo editor. You can make as many changes as you want with your photo without actually changing anything or writing over your original file.

Lightroom is one of the most commonly used photo editing software products by photographers, whether they are professional or amateur. One of the reasons is because it is easy to use. In fact, all the tips mentioned in this article for editing landscape photography can be done using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC

The Adobe Lightroom CC: Landscape Photography Masterclass online course is just one of the thousands of online courses that Skill Success offers. You can also try it for FREE using the 30-Day All Access Pass.

In this online course, you will learn the basics of Adobe Lightroom CC, the techniques to turn ordinary landscape images into amazing works of art, and ways to work on any RAW image in Lightroom. As long as you have a PC or Mac, and an Adobe Lightroom Classic CC or CS6 at least installed, you can start learning to post-process your landscape photos.

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