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How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

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Photoshop: Dodge and Burn

Jared Platt

How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Jared Platt

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Lesson Info

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.

Lesson Info

Photoshop: Dodge and Burn

So now I have a rock down there but the foreground doesn't need to be bright it doesn't. All it just needs to be is a hint of rocks cause remember that rock is casting a shadow. So at this point what we wanna do is we want to create a burn layer. You just simply click on the layer menu options. So these are called layers. I'm gonna click on this little set of drop down menus right here on the layer and I'm gonna create a new layer. When I create the layer I'm gonna create a mode called Soft Light and I'm gonna fill it with 50% gray. Just like that, and I'm gonna hit okay. So now I have a layer that's just gray. And anytime I paint something darker than gray it's gonna be a burn and anything I make that's lighter than gray it's gonna be a dodge or it's gonna brighten up the photograph. So I've got a burn layer now and I'm gonna go over to my burn dodge tool. Which is this thing that looks like a hand and click on that. And now I'm in the burn mode and I can choose whether I wanna choose...

highlights. I wanna burn highlights, midtones or shadows. So we'll start with the midtones. And we're just gonna start burning in this rock so that it's not quite so bright. And we can even do a little bit on that bush too cause we don't need it to be very bright. And I'm gonna burn in on this rock a little bit as well. And even down here under this bush. This bush over here doesn't need to be all that bright as well. So I'm just kinda burning down all of this area that I don't want. And this is at 30%. So it takes a little while to burn it down. And then I can go into the shadows cause it's only burning the shadows or the highlights or the or the midtones, depending on what you choose. And as we burn this down, then it becomes less obvious that that's a manufactured rock. And it looks pretty dang good. The darker I make this the more natural it'll feel.

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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