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How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

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Histogram and Spot Metering

Jared Platt

How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Jared Platt

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4. Histogram and Spot Metering
Which shadows and highlights make an interesting photo? Jared shows you how to use your histogram and spot metering to help you read the exposure of your image.


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1 Introduction Duration:01:02
2 Finding the Light Duration:01:12
3 Crafting Composition Duration:00:49
4 Histogram and Spot Metering Duration:01:50
6 Taking the Shot Duration:02:12
7 Capturing an HDR Image Duration:02:23

Lesson Info

Histogram and Spot Metering

So as the sun is rising, you can see that it's cresting on my cactus. It's lighting up my rocks in front of me. You're always gonna find that you have a more interesting and beautiful texture to your photograph if the shadows are coming towards you and the highlights are kind of on the back side or the smallest portion of the photograph. So what I'm doing here is I'm looking at the photograph and I'm trying to get the correct exposure as the sun comes up, and the thing that I'm paying attention to is the histogram. You always want to make sure that your histogram is available. You can see that I've got a histogram here on my screen itself. A histogram is simply a graph that shows me how many pixels on my image sensor are being exposed as a highlight and how many are exposed as a shadow. So there's no perfect histogram. It should look exactly like your photo. If it's dark, you should see most of the piles of the graph over on the left-hand side. If it's a bright photograph, you should s...

ee most of the piles of data over on the right-hand side. If you turn your camera on spot metering mode, you can then take the little circle that's in the very middle of the viewfinder. It's also usually on the back of your screen, as well. And point at individual tones, shadows, highlights, and you can register whether or not they are going to over or underexpose. Simply by looking at the meter inside of my viewfinder, I can see the needle go back and forth, and if it doesn't go all the way off of my graph, I'm fine. And if I point at a shadow and it doesn't go all the way off the other side of the graph, then I'm fine.

Class Description


  • Understand how to use your camera in manual mode
  • Observe your setting, time of day, and whether to apply appropriate settings on your camera
  • Shoot and edit images in HDR
  • Make quick adjustments to take your photos from good to great
  • Navigate within and between Lightroom and Photoshop with ease


Nature photography can be awe striking - a seemingly impossible combination of serendipity, expensive gear, and finesse. However, you don’t need to have to be Guy Tal, Gary Hart, Frans Lanting or a National Geographic photographer to capture beautiful images in the natural world.

In How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, professional photographer and educator Jared Platt gives you a jumpstart into the world of outdoor photography. In practical and focused lessons, Jared takes you on location to shoot in natural light and back into the studio to learn simple adjustments and tricks to make your images truly stand out.


  • Beginners
  • Photography enthusiast
  • People who want to take better pictures on their travels


Adobe Photoshop CC 2019, Adobe Lightroom CC 2019


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subjects of photography and workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post-production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


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