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How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

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Taking the Shot

Jared Platt

How to Capture and Edit Landscapes in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Jared Platt

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Lesson Info

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.

Lesson Info

Taking the Shot

So I'm gonna take this shot, and I'm using a shutter release cable, simply because I don't want to move the camera, when I'm at a lower shutter speed. But at an 80th of a second, you can also use the trigger. So, here we go. this is an 80th of a second F11 at ISO100. And I've got my shot. But just to be sure, I'm also going to hit the play button and I'm gonna look at my histogram, which is gonna show up again inside of my review, my image review, but also I have a little blinking highlight at the very, very, very, very back way back there in the sky, at the brightest point in the sky. And if you make sure that you always have your highlight warnings on, then you'll always know that there's an overexposure somewhere, if there is. Now, in this case, there is so little of a blink that I can hardly even see it. Which means, that I've got a little bit more headroom in the highlights, which means, if I brighten this whole shot up, I can get a little bit more exposure out of the shadows. And...

the darker the shadows, the more noise you usually get in 'em, so if you can brighten 'em up a little bit, you get a cleaner shot. So, I'm gonna actually slow this shutter speed down to a 60th of a second, and I'm gonna try it again. So, we're just gonna take another shot, and then I'm gonna play that and look at it, and now I'm starting to see the sky start to blow out a little bit right there at the crest of the mountain, way, way back there. And chances are, because I'm shooting raw, now, I'm not shooting a JPEG. I'm always shooting raw, which means I have the raw data, and that means that little tiny blinks out in the horizon, I can usually recover those. So, I'm gonna even go another step brighter. I'm gonna go to a 50th of a second, and I'm gonna take another shot. So, here we go, taking that shot. And confirming by playing and I can see, yup, now the sky is starting to blow out quite a bit more. I think I'll stop with that. I can still probably recover it, but I think I've got enough information in my shadows. I've got plenty of information in the highlights. I'm really liking this shot.

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.