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How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Lesson 25 of 27

Photoshop: Adding Clouds


How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Lesson 25 of 27

Photoshop: Adding Clouds


Lesson Info

Photoshop: Adding Clouds

Now, before I deal with the sky I have to find the appropriate clouds. So I'm gonna look at this photograph and I realize that if I were to put real dark storm clouds, this would look dumb. We need to look for light, wispy clouds. Fortunately for you, I already found those. So I'm gonna go back into Lightroom and I'm gonna go to this shot here. It's just a bunch of light, wispy clouds. So I'm choosing this image based on the mountain itself. I can see that it's harsh sunlight, the same kind of sunlight that I'm seeing on this other photograph. Also, you can see that the direction of the light is exactly the same, coming from the right, going to the left. You can see that from the shadows on the mountain. So that's the way I'm gonna choose the sky. I'm just gonna right-click this image and edit it in Photoshop. And once I have this image in Photoshop, I'm just gonna simply collect Command + A to select all and then Command + C to copy that image. Then I'm gonna go to my image here and h...

it Command + V to paste it as a new layer. Now, notice it's a smaller image, but that's okay. We can still transform it, so I'm gonna hit Command + T to transform and I'm just gonna make that the right size for my photograph. The other thing that I'm gonna do is if I grab the opacity down here, of the layer, and turn it down a little bit, then I can see both layers at the same time. I'm gonna hit the Shift key and that allows me to change the actual size of the photograph, so I'm stretching or squashing it. So I'm just squashing the photograph until I have a bunch of clouds up in the sky, exactly where I want them. And that looks great. I'm gonna hit the Enter key, and now I'm gonna take the opacity back up and I'm gonna turn that layer off, because what I need to do now is I need to select the sky.

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


  1. Introduction

    Meet Jared on location and learn what’s coming up in this course: the factors he considers as an outdoor photographer and the landscape photography tips to come.

  2. Finding the Light

    Nature photographers are patient; waiting for the early morning light or setting sun is key. Jared shows you in real time how to read the natural elements in the scene and the different angles of light to wait for.

  3. Crafting Composition

    Learn how landscape photographers work with composition. See how Jared composes his photo and how his subject matter fits into the rule of thirds.

  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.

  5. ISO, F-Stop, and Shutter Speed

    As the perfect light is quickly approaching, Jared reviews the camera settings you’ll be manipulating and which factors to consider in landscape photography.

  6. Taking the Shot

    Jared models shooting in real time: how to read your camera’s histogram and how to adjust your settings in response.

  7. Capturing an HDR Image

    What does it mean to shoot in HDR, how do you capture an HDR photo, and how will Lightroom handle an HDR image?

  8. Shooting in Manual Mode Recap

    Jared reviews what you’ve learned about shooting in manual mode before returning to the studio for post-processing.

  9. Introduction to Lightroom:

    What are the benefits of editing your photos in Lightroom vs. Photoshop? Learn why Lightroom is the first go-to for landscape photographers.

  10. Lightroom: Importing Albums and Organization

    Jared orients you within the Lightroom interface and gives you tips on how to organize your workflow using albums.

  11. Lightroom: Sorting and Ranking Images

    Landscape and wildlife photographers can end up with a seemingly endless amount of photos to choose from. Learn how to use the built-in features of Lightroom to save time and quickly sort your images.

  12. Lightroom: Auto Adjustments

    The auto adjustment button may not make your image art gallery worthy, but it’ll get close. Jared shows how to maximize the capabilities of Lightroom and how to work your image after it’s auto-adjusted.

  13. Lightroom: Color Profiles

    What are color profiles and how can they help you get closer to the final great shot? Jared shares his suggestions and preferred profiles.

  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.

  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.

  16. Lightroom: Brush Tool

    Jared shares another option to brightening or darkening distracting areas and how to adjust the applied effect.

  17. Lightroom: Copy and Paste Settings

    How do the adjustments you make differ when applied to a regular vs. HDR image? Learn what to expect and how to copy and paste your adjustments from one version of a photo to another.

  18. Lightroom: Contrast, Exposure and Saturation

    Jared models how to adjust contrast, exposure, and saturation in the HDR landscape photo. See which elements he chooses to highlight and the tools he employs to bring them out.

  19. Lightroom: Healing Brush to Remove Objects

    Using a wide-angle lens can help you capture the vast beauty of a scene, however, this can include unwanted objects in your composition. Jared demonstrates the power of the healing brush in real time and shares troubleshooting tips.

  20. Lightroom: Export and Share

    Learn the different options you have to export and share your photos. When should you save as an original vs. as a jpeg?

  21. Photoshop: Content Aware Fill to Remove Objects

    Nature lovers’ favorite photos often require a little more TLC in Photoshop. Jared shares simple fixes such as content aware fill that can create big effects. Watch as he replaces a part of the foreground and learn how to get the most out of the tool.

  22. Photoshop: Stamp Tool

    Large edits require some finessing: the stamp tool makes small adjustments to ensure clean and realistic editing.

  23. Photoshop: Dodge and Burn

    Learn how to create realistic depth and correct highlights and shadows in your photo. Jared shows you how to make a burn layer and use the dodge and burn tool.

  24. Photoshop: Basic Adjustments

    Jared models a technique of nature photography editing: stepping back, assessing your image, and selecting the appropriate tool to make simple fixes. See how to use the lasso and mask tools to make slight adjustments.

  25. Photoshop: Adding Clouds

    National park postcards almost always have stunning skies, but what if the conditions aren’t quite right? Adding clouds to create that stand out photo is actually a simple process; Jared shows you how to do so a believable way.

  26. Photoshop: Quick Selection Tool

    Learn how and when to use the quick selection tool to make crisp edits without losing detail. Jared models small adjustments to ensure the new sky sets into the image.

  27. Photoshop: Sharing your Images

    Jared closes the course by navigating back to Lightroom seamlessly.


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.