Start to Finish Landscape Edit Using Adobe Lightroom’s New Tools

Adobe’s updates for Lightroom and Photoshop have been well received, with a lot of positivity surrounding what can now be automated comfortably. In this video, Nigel Danson edits a landscape image from start to finish in Lightroom, making use of some of these new tools.

There have been discussions of how much editing you ought to do with landscape photographs for decades, with many claiming a purist approach is best, using very little in the way of editing. However, one of my favorite counter-arguments to that is mentioned in this video by Danson. He is discussing shooting in Ireland during high winds and a clearly beautiful sunset. The high winds were causing the sea to crash into the rocks and raising a low of the sea spray up. This, combined with the low sun, created a beautiful haze and ethereal feel to the scene.

Nevertheless, in the image straight-out-of-camera, you don’t get that feeling. This happens to me regularly when I decide to venture from my photography comfort zone and capture a landscape; what I saw and what I captured do not always align. This is sometimes due to user error, and as I am not a landscape photographer, that’s likely for me, but it can happen to even the best. This is where editing can serve a purpose beyond stylistic choices and can help you replicate what it was you wanted to capture in the first place.

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