Photoshop and Lightroom for Landscape Photographers


Photoshop and Lightroom for Landscape Photographers


Lesson Info

Enhancing Clouds and Contrast

So let's, take a look hat this's a fun one so dramatic clouds this is what I was talking about before I'm just going to bring that drag it into the light room see anu it's already there give me one of you guys just talk amongst yourselves, pretend I'm not even here. There it is. Okay, sometimes you just it's like right in front of me and you don't see it. So now we got dramatic clouds. All right? This was just outside jackson hole, grand tetons and so we want we want to take advantage of this first thing I would do is is rather than just start toe move sliders around I'll just kind of bounce through the workflow talk a little bit about white balance cloudy shade I'll go cloudy exposure a little bit of extra exposure there tony tony is going to be our shadows and highlights so normal lighter shadows, normal super light shadows subtle with darker sky let's go super late shadows, clarity and contrast uh, what this does is it actually just moves your clarity in contrast, sliders just a qui...

ck way. Just add some contrast. You can just see the sliders move back there so I'll go on the light version color boost uh, we want to give the color a boost I have a normal one which just normally just kind of cranks up your vibrance and saturation and everything else will kind of just be a little bit more customized kind of like that one no need to boost any specific colors in the photo I think we're doing pretty good there and finishing touches, sharpening its just a shortcut to do what I did before since that go into the sharpening panel just automatically add my favorite settings to it and then I remember the lens correction stuff that we did click on that uh throw a vignette onto it now that gets me pretty close to where I want to go ah, probably come in here and tweak the shadows and maybe even the exposure exposure a little bit all right that's pretty close I want to get some of that that that area in the foreground out. So that's why I did that I am going to go and just threw a graduated filter on to it just to darken sky a little bit and uh, see if it's too dark, we can always adjust it and I don't if I hadn't shown you can move it to so the idea is you put it down, you can bring them closer together and that makes the transition harder or you can spread it apart and that makes it softer so in something like this you know I don't want to bleed into the foreground something to kind of keep it pre spread out here and I also don't really want to go over the mountains too much so that's looking good let's go ahead and crop this to straighten it just a hair maybe hair too much here we go and uh kind of finish things up here maybe a little bit warmer but I think that's gonna be about it there's a tool I haven't shown yet but when you see the setting I mean here it is going to save if you print you're gonna love this tool the spot healing brush so normally it's up to you right we go in we go in here and we get these little center dust spots on our on our camera and so normally it's up to us to go in here and fix him so for starters I don't know about you but my laptop always has spots on it so I'm always thinking like yes leave something so I'm always like I'm always like, you know, moving stuff around like is that and it just kind of gets frustrating and sometimes I think it's a spot on my laptop and I don't fix it and then the worst case scenario is you print it you spend the time and you spend the money to print the photo and you get it back and you see spots on it so I could tell you nobody else really cares but it's just so frustrating because you're always always gonna see it if you go to the spot, he'll rush here what we can do here there's a little check box down there at the bottom it's called visualize spots if you've never seen this check box turned on before it's like the ah ha moment because it shows you all the little spots in the photo. This was tough because it's got clouds, but because as clouds doesn't mean had spot, they're still important the spots are the ones that stick out those little spots is what they are the technical term is a spot so you could fix it right here just click click and pain and you can take care of room right inside of that view. But as a landscape photographer, I almost can't believe I waited half the day to tell you about that because as a landscape photographer it is the tiny smallest thing and I can tell you when you get your print well, you'll always be mad that you didn't remove his spot and they're difficult to see on your computer screen that's why we need help with it because they were just difficult to see so make sure you get those out of your sky portrait shooters if you ever shoot a lot of people shoot a little bit of everything if ever shoot people on great background or what? Not another great tool because uh sometimes you get a lot of little junk on there all right let's uh let's go ahead and take a look here so backslash key before after before after so we didn't jump the photo shop I mean we didn't even jump out of light room but we're able to get a lot of detail and a lot of drama from that photo right here inside a room and by the way if I want to get more I've got there's one of the I'll show you what's behind it it's called super cloud contrast here you know where you know what I really look good watch on and this is more for cloudy skies so that's before that's after uh essentially what it is is I just went in here I said I'll show you how I make him I just went in I created one one hundred per cent clarity preset all right clarity's mock maxed out at one hundred I can't go higher what do you d'oh hit new create another one hit new create another one now is it overdone? Absolutely it's overdone but what do you do when you show up to this beautiful scene in death valley that you've been waiting months to go to and this is what you're presented with rendering it real to life is not going to do it right it's okay you got a cloudy day so my thought is that I'm just going to go crazy on. I'm going to go dramatic. I'm going to take what was dramatic. I'm going to make it weigh more dramatic. So it's, not really the life, but I'm making a making the best with what I got for for the scene.

Class Description

Outdoor photography is about capturing the feeling you have when you are actually out in nature. Learn how to make photos that reflect the beauty and mood of the landscape you see with your naked eye in Photoshop and Lightroom for Landscape Photographers with Matt Kloskowski.

In this class, Matt will show you his personal workflow for enhancing outdoor images, so they reflect the world as it truly looks and feels. You'll learn how to: 

  • Create the best looking skies you've ever seen
  • Manage the entire landscape workflow – from start to finish
  • Implement the "go-to" adjustments Matt uses on every photo

Matt will even offer insights on preparing and printing the final image. You’ll learn the latest techniques for giving photographs of beautiful places the same color, atmosphere, detail, and feeling they had when you took the photo.

Whether it's images of the sun, water, snow, trees, or that magical light that you are always looking for, Photoshop and Lightroom for Landscape Photographers with Matt Kloskowski will help you bring your landscape photographs to life. 

This course is part of the Lightroom tutorials series

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, Adobe Lightroom CC