Landscape Editing in Lightroom


Hi, I’m Chelsea and today I’m going to
teach you how to edit landscape pictures. I’m going to be editing this picture and
I provided a link down below in the description so you can follow along. I’m
going to be bringing out the clouds using the gradient filter and a few
other techniques and just overall making the photo pop. So let’s get started. First
thing that we’re going to do is level your picture. You probably hear Tony complain
all the time about horizons that aren’t level. And I already started doing that but
what I did was look for the horizon which would be the water line right here, and then I try
to get it straight with the gridlines. Now that’s one way to do it, you can also
select this crop tool here and use angle, select the spot on the horizon and drag
it and that usually can be a little bit more accurate. The next thing i want
to do is just overall process the picture. So let’s go to temp and just warm it
up a little bit. I’m actually going to bring up the exposure just a tad, the
contrast. It depends on your photo, if you’re not working along with me, but
I’ll bring this up just a little bit. I’ll drop the highlights and i’m going
to raise the shadows. Now for the whites, you want to press alt and just
make sure that there’s a little tiny bit of a white point in your photo and then the
same thing with your black slider. Press alt and drag down until you get just a
few speckles of black. I like to bring my clarity up just a
little bit and if you want to be more precise you can hover your cursor over
the slider and then use your arrow tools. Here it’s bringing it up in increments
of 5. I’ll bring up my vibrance a little bit and my saturation. And then i’m going
to my tone curve and i’m just going to bump it up at the middle a little bit. Bringing my blacks up just a tad, cause i noticed I was losing details here. And my photo’s already sharpened a bit, but i’ll bring it up just a little bit more and remove the chromatic aberration, that always helps too. Ok so the next thing that I want to do
is bring out the clouds. So i’ll select my gradient filter tool and start at the
top and bring it down to about the top of these mountains here. And then I’ll
bring down my exposure a little, bit drop my highlights, you can see that brings up
more details in the clouds and you can even drop your shadows a little bit just
to give them more definition. Up your clarity to about 30 here and I’m
bringing up my saturation a bit too. And when you’re done, you can click on the graduated filter tool again and it disappears. The
next thing that I’m going to do is bring out some of the colors. So we’ll go into
my greens and i’m going to raise the luminance a bit. So if i raise it all the
way you can see what it’s doing or if I lower it. But I’ll raise it to about 20, I’ll
leave my saturation since i already bumped up my overall saturation, I
don’t want to overdo it. And I like to go into all of the colors and see where
they are in my pictures and then see how I can adjust them. So for example ,go into
the oranges and i’ll slide up the luminance and show you where the oranges are. And i like the idea of those popping a bit, so i’ll bring those up to about 30
and i’m going to bring up the saturation to about 30 as well and the hue, i’m just
going to make it a bit more red just to add some more colors to the photo. I’m gonna bring up the yellows luminance just a bit and saturation. And then for the
blues, i’ll drop the luminance and you can see that it brings out the clouds
even more. I don’t want to do it too much because I’ll zoom in, I’ll show you why. If you drop the
luminance too much, you have a white sky in the background and then some things in
the foreground you can see that you get like kind of ghosting around them or
just a brightness around them that’s unnatural, an unnatural haloing, that’s
the word I’m looking for. So I don’t want to overdo it. I’ll bring
up the saturation a little bit too. If I press the backslash tool under backspace you can see the
before-and-after of the picture. And it’s already brighter and looking better. So I’m going to go back to my gradient
filter tool again and this time go from the bottom up. I’m putting a little bit of the greenness back in the water
because the water actually was really green when I was there, but it got lost in
a lot of these highlights. Okay, and those are just some small
alterations. I want to go into split toning and show you how to use that. And for my highlights I’d like to choose more of a peachy
color so this is about 37. And then I like to go in and just lower the saturation, so it’s very subtle. And for my shadows I’ll pick something very light blue, it’s
about 215. And you can see if I toggle it on and off, that it’s a very subtle
difference but it creates a warm glow. Next i’ll be going into my brush tool,
and double-click effect to reset everything and let’s see. And then press
O and you’ll get a mask that comes up. My flow is all the way down, i want to bring
it up just a little bit more. More than that, that’s low. And i’m going to select the water. This is where I get a little Bob Ross,
this is so relaxing. Just paint around this happy little tree. Nobody’s going to judge you. You can use your left and right bracket
tools to make your brush bigger or smaller. If you mess up, that’s fine, that’s what
your erase tool’s for. Okay, you can see it’s a little bit sloppy, so I’ll go into my erase tool and I’ll just erase where I don’t want it highlighted. You should probably be a little neater than me. You don’t want to be like me, kid, I’m a loose cannon. Ok that seems fine. So press O and make the mask go away and then I will be bringing up the saturation just a little, we
don’t want things to get crazy, and bring the tint towards the green side
again. And then if you hover and use your up and down arrows it will just do
it in increments of 1 this time. So, hmm, I say eight is good. I think that’s somewhat
natural. You can do the same thing with your sky, so you could make a new
adjustment brush and let’s press O and select the sky. Ok, then you can bring up your highlights,
bring down your shadows a little bit, bring your saturation up and you can drop
it a little towards the blue side. Also a little bit towards the magenta side. Not too much, cause you can see that I kind of blended it into the
sky, so you don’t want there to be a really severe contrast. That looks to magenta to me, I’ll just bring it back. Okay, so let’s see the before-and-after, and
I would go in and tweak it. There’s some things are a little bit overdone. I think
the trees look maybe a little bit too green, but now you have all of the
techniques and you can make it look the way you like it. You could not bring down the
shadows so much, not bring up the highlights so much, and that will give it
a less HDR look. You could dial back the sharpening which will also make it
look more natural. You can use the same techniques and get a natural look or a
more surreal look like this. So, you thought that was great right? You’re like well I need more of this we
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