Dodging and Burning Isn't Just for Portraits

When most photographers think of dodging and burning, they think of it being used to sculpt a subject's face and as a high-end retouching technique. But dodging and burning is nothing more than the skillful shaping of light in a frame, and as such, it is an appropriate and useful technique for just about any genre of photography. This helpful video tutorial will show you how to use it to create a dramatic landscape image. 

Coming to you from Mark Denney, this awesome video tutorial will show you how to use dodging and burning to edit a landscape image. I think this is a skill every photographer should learn. In an age of highly advanced and often automated editing tools, it can be easy to look at such a simple and old technique as outdated and obsolete, but no matter how the craft evolves, photography will always rest on the photographer's ability to craft and shape light, and as such, knowing how to dodge and burn will never become archaic. And on top of that, once you get comfortable with it, you will see it is not particularly difficult, yet it is highly powerful in its ability to shape an image to your creative vision. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Denney.

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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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