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How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

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Lightroom: Gradients

Jared Platt

How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Jared Platt

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Lesson Info

15. Lightroom: Gradients
Despite your best nature photography skills, sometimes you may end up with a part of a photo that is too bright or dark. Jared models how to use gradients to fix these inconsistencies.

Lesson Info

Lightroom: Gradients

Let me just show you one other thing that we can do with these photos to make them really nice to begin with. I'm gonna go into, I have three tools up here. One is a brush tool. One is a gradient tool and one is a radio gradient tool. These tools allow us to adjust individual areas of the photograph rather than the entire photograph at the same time. So I'm gonna go into the linear gradient, click on that and I'm going to, I'm gonna reset all of these dials so that they're exactly, they're at zero and all I want to do is bring the exposure down just a little bit and I'm gonna grab, over here at the bottom left-hand corner of my screen, I'm gonna click and drag up so I'm dragging a gradient up across the corner of the photograph. Now anything that I do on these sliders on the right-hand side inside of my linear gradient tool is gonna happen at 100% down at the bottom left-hand corner and it's gonna get to 0% right here at the edge of the top of that gradient. So I can simply grab that e...

xposure and bring it down and you can see how I can kind of fix an area that's a little too bright and just bring that back under control.

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


James Kitt

I wish more people would present this way! Each step from beginning to end demonstrated in short, concise and useful actions. Every tool and technique is something that I either use, (now better) or will start using because I now understand how to use it efficiently. I highly recommend this course!

Fauzan Pojam

Finally, a video tutorial that taught me what I've known on basic level and truly explore how to use it properly and what everything means. I've been waiting for something like this for awhile now. Greatly improves my technique now so thank you for this!

Angie Purcell

Great class wi with tons of helpful hints for both Lightroom and Photoshop.