4 Helpful Lightroom Tips for Editing Landscape Photos

It's easy to fall into repetitive patterns, applying the same edits over and over. This video shares four creative tips to break out of that rut and achieve unique results in Lightroom.

Coming to you from Brian Matiash, this insightful video explores alternative techniques for enhancing landscape images. Matiash begins by advocating for the use of the tone curve instead of the contrast slider. This approach offers more granular control over highlights, shadows, and midtones, allowing you to fine-tune the contrast to your exact specifications. He demonstrates how to warm highlights selectively using the blue channel of the tone curve, a subtle yet effective technique for adding depth to your images.

The second tip focuses on color enhancement using the often-overlooked color calibration panel. Matiash reveals that the blue primary saturation slider is particularly powerful for enhancing natural colors in landscape shots. He advises using this tool judiciously, as a little adjustment goes a long way in creating rich, vibrant images without oversaturation. This method provides a more nuanced approach to color enhancement compared to the global vibrance and saturation sliders.

Matiash's third tip introduces a creative way to apply custom vignettes using radial gradients. By combining multiple radial gradients and inverting the mask, you can create precisely shaped vignettes that darken specific areas of your image while leaving others untouched. This technique allows for much more targeted control over where you direct the viewer's attention compared to traditional vignette tools. That's just the start, so check out the video above for the full rundown from Matiash.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out our latest tutorial, "Photographing the World: Japan With Elia Locardi!" 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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