Adding the Final Touches to Your Landscapes
Written 7 years ago by Mark Evans
When you’ve just spent the day out trying to snap that really great pic, and finally made it home with a bulging memory card to sort out the best shots, you don’t want to be messing around for hours putting the finishing touches on. Here’s some Lightroom and Photoshop tips that should help to speed you on your way:
Importing your Images
When it comes to getting your images onto your computer, I find the best way is to use Lightrooms’ Import from Device function under the File menu. This sorts folders into dates that I find are pretty easy to keep track of, it sorts out duplicates, and I find Lightroom is great for browsing your photo library too.
Sensor Dust Removal
Ever notice a re-occurring blurry spot that’s on all of your photos and always in the same place? Well its probably sensor dust (if its a digital camera), and its a real pain, but thankfully its not too much of a pain to get rid of. I find Lightrooms’ spot removal a bit finicky, as you have to choose what area you want to clone or heal from if it gets it wrong, and also changing the spot size for different size areas is annoying too. So what I do straight after importing is to open my image in Photoshop and use the Spot Healing Brush Tool. Its a breeze to use, just click on a spot and it disappears! And if there’s a bigger area, you can paint over it and the whole area will be ‘healed’, brilliant.
Once I’ve cleaned up my images then its back to Lightroom for the finishing touches. You may or may not have noticed there’s a whole host of functions under the ‘Develop’ Tab. To me, these are the core of Lightroom, which I use most often. The main sections I use under the ‘Develop’ Tab are ‘Basic’ and ‘Detail’. Under Basic, are all your image adjustments to do with brightness and colours. Here’s a run down:
Colour Temperature of your image, tweak to give a warmer or colder feel to your image.
If you’ve got a colour cast, you can try changing this setting to correct it.
Tweak this up or down depending if you’ve over or under exposed your image.
Great for toning down bright highlights
I love this function, gives your image a ‘glow’, lightens shadows
I don’t use this much, it modifies the Black clipping
Self explanatory, but never-the-less useful
You may need to tweak this a bit after adding Fill Light, gives your image more ‘punch’
Looks to define outlines more clearly, adjust to your liking
I tend to use this more than Saturation, brightens colours
Pretty obvious, adjust as necessary
And finally I go through the ‘Detail’ section, which is great for sharpening, and getting rid of unwanted noise.
I quite like Lightroom because all changes to an image are saved in a database, meaning you can revert back to the original anytime you wish. Whereas with Photoshop, an image can become seriously bloated if you saved each change as an adjustment layer. Lightroom also has quite a good workflow that you can get used to fairly quickly, and I’ve found is very useful in finishing off images quickly.