Advanced Editing Techniques for Dramatic Skies

Knowing how to efficiently make a precise sky selection is crucial to taking better control of your landscape photos. This fantastic video tutorial will show you how to create better sky selections in Lightroom.

Coming to you from Christian Möhrle - The Phlog Photography, this informative video introduces a technique for achieving more precise sky selection masks in Lightroom. By employing a counterintuitive method of subtracting a sky mask from itself and then inverting it, Möhrle demonstrates how to improve the AI's sky detection around tricky areas like tree branches. This technique is particularly valuable because it addresses a common frustration among photographers: the struggle to cleanly separate the sky from the foreground in images where the two blend closely or there is a lot of intricacy. Möhrle's clear, step-by-step guidance through this process not only makes it accessible but also highlights the potential for photographers to push the boundaries of their creative expression through advanced editing techniques.

Furthermore, the video delves into adjusting the basic settings for a neutral starting point, enhancing image contrast to counteract haziness, and applying localized adjustments to dramatize the sky. Möhrle emphasizes the importance of layering adjustments to achieve a natural gradient, showcasing how strategic edits can transform a flat image into a dynamic composition. By offering a blend of technical skills and creative strategies, Möhrle provides viewers with valuable insights into the nuanced process. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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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