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How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

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Lightroom: Shadows, Colors, and Luminance

Jared Platt

How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Jared Platt

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14. Lightroom: Shadows, Colors, and Luminance
Learn how to manipulate shadows, color temperature, and luminance to achieve a stunning and still realistic image. Jared explains the difference between adjusting luminance vs. saturation.


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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

Lightroom: Shadows, Colors, and Luminance

So the first thing I'm gonna do is usually the auto tries to brighten things up a little bit more than I like them to be brightened up. And so I'll usually take the shadows or the black down a little bit. So I'm just gonna take the shadow areas of the photograph down just a little bit. So it's a little bit more natural. And the black down just a little bit. And that gives me a much more realistic version of what I saw in front of me. So you can tweak those individual sliders and each one of these sliders deals with a different portion of your photograph. The other thing that you might wanna do is come into the color area here. And play around with your temperature because temperature is, that's a very personal decision. Whether you like things a little warmer, a little cooler. So play with that temperature. I tend to like mine a little bit warmer. And then I'm also going to come down into the color mixer. If your color mixer isn't showing, you simply click on this little color wheel ic...

on and that will bring up your color mixer. And I'm gonna do something really wonderful with the colors by just playing around with the color mixer. I'm gonna click on the blues and I want the blues to be a little richer. So I'm gonna take the luminesce or the brightness of the blues down so as I drag this down you can see that the sky and the water are just deepening up their saturation. But notice that I'm not using the saturation knob to do that. It's actually more realistic when you take the brightness of a color down. It creates a much richer color. You don't need to actually go in and tweak the saturation itself. You can if you want to but the luminesce is usually the tool to start with.

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


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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.