Landscape photographers very often rely rather heavily on the editing process to fully bring their creative ideas to fruition. And while there is nothing inherently wrong with that, there are a lot of ways in which the process can go awry. This helpful video discusses five common editing mistakes landscape photographers make and how to avoid or fix them.
Coming to you from Mark Denney, this great video examines five common mistakes landscape photographers make in post-processing (such as poor cropping) and how they can fix them. Of them, I think one of the most interesting is overly bright shadows. This is something that I have only seen (and fallen prey to myself) in the last few years, and ironically, it seems to be a consequence of cameras with sensors that have higher and higher levels of dynamic range, allowing for increased flexibility in post. This means you can often shoot landscapes with tremendous dynamic range and protect the highlights, then pull up the shadows in the post, but there comes a point where this effect becomes rather unrealistic. And while you might be going for a stylized image, it's important to keep a close eye on this, particularly if you want a more realistic rendering. Check out the video above for Denney's full thoughts.
And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out "Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi."