Step by Step Lightroom Tutorial on How to Edit Landscape Photos and What Each Adjustment Does o The Photo Explained in Detail !! for Beginners —- (forgot to remove the red lens flare on the tree, just use the clone tool on the setting ‘repair’ for stuff like that :))
In this video I explain the process I use to edit my landscape photos from scratch showing you the basics and what every adjustment does and why I do it. I hope I could help you out, if you have any questions, comments or critiques, leave them in the comment section down below and if you liked the video, be sure to leave me a like, that helps me out a lot!
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Text Guide (only 2 of 13 points mentioned)
I have been photographing for over 3 years now and because I started shooting RAW very early I needed a program to edit them, I looked into a lot of raw converters and at the end decided to go with Lightroom because it seemed like a very versatile, affordable and user friendly program.
Now I’ve been using Lightroom for almost 3 years have never felt the need to change to another software. I have edited hundreds and hundreds of images, my techniques and pictures continually developed and I was getting happier and happier with the result I was getting. Many People asked my how I edited this landscape, how did I do that etc.. So I figured I’d just make a guide and put it on YouTube and post a text / stills version here. I am sure I have still a lot to learn and there are many different ways and styles and ways to edit landscapes but here I’m just showing you my way, my workflow on how I edit most of my landscapes, keep in mind that what I’m going to show here is a very rough version of my workflow, it would be impossible to to list all detailed adjustments and how I mix different settings together for 1 setting, many thought only 1 slider was for etc.. But still, if you like my style of editing I do to my images this might give you some inspiration, ideas or help you out for your editing 🙂
here the 2 basic steps:
(1.) Basic retouching:
1- Bringing down the Highlights, usually quite far, sometimes up to -100
2- Bring up the shadows, usually +100, sometimes a bit less however
3- Bring up the whites until they almost clip (hold down the ALT key while moving the slider to see when they clip
4- Bring down the blacks, I always clip the blacks a bit, I’m not too worried if I lose some detail there (hold down the alt key to see when the blacks clip
5- Play around with contrast, usually I add a bit of contrast, +10 or 20, sometimes more, sometimes i go -20 or even more, just play around with it
6- I usually take back the clarity a bit because the editing above adds a lot of contrast and clarity, this helps to give back some of the softness
7- Playing around with the Vibrance / Saturation, I prefer the vibrance tool because it adds color more subtle
8- Adjust the global exposure if needed
9- Play around with the white balance and chose whatever you like best
10- Play around with the Tint, I add magenta to most of my images, especially sunsets, I very rarely add any green tint there
(12.) Removing lens spots or sun flares with the clone tool
1- Set the clone tool to the ”heal” setting, go into 1 to 1 perspective on your image and make sure there are no ugly dust spots or lens flares in your image, if you do find one just make a circle as big as the spot and press on it, it will automatically find another spot of the image to replace the ugly dust spot with a natural looking piece of your picture, lightroom can do a bad job on this sometimes so you may have to try that a few times. I totally forgot to remove those 2 sun flares on the tree in my video but that’s how I would have done it.