How to Capture and Edit Epic Landscapes

In this video, landscape photographer William Patino takes us behind the scenes of capturing an epic landscape photo in New Zealand. He shares his complete process, including the photo editing in Lightroom.

The video starts with the first important part of capturing great landscape photos, which is putting in the work. Having been to New Zealand twice, this part of the video gives me itchy feet. The scenery of the South Island is something else. And the westerly winds are also something I remember very well from my outings in the mountains.

In the second part of the video, William talks us through the photo shoot and the composition. It's always great to follow another photographer's thought process and pre-visualization. There's usually something to learn. It's why I like such behind-the-scenes videos.

However, the major section of the video is about photo editing in Lightroom. William actually uses Camera Raw here, but the techniques are the same. He is a master of creating depth in his photos, and it's the main topic of the photo editing part. Admittedly, I still do a lot of my editing in Photoshop, but it's nice to see such a Lightroom-focused workflow.

Whatever editing software you use, keep practicing, experimenting, and getting inspired by other photographer's techniques. It doesn't mean you should apply them one-to-one. Taking pieces from here and there and mixing them in your own workflow can lead to great results.

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Michael Breitung is a freelance landscape and travel photographer from Germany. In the past 10 years he visited close to 30 countries to build his high quality portfolio and hone his skills as a photographer. He also has a growing Youtube channel, in which he shares the behind the scenes of his travels as well as his knowledge about photo editing.

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