Author: Simon Plant

How to Manually Blend and Stitch Panoramic Photos

One effective way to show off any amazing landscape is to create a panoramic image by combining multiple images and “stitching” them together. While several options for automatically stitching panoramas have been around for years, Lightroom 6/CC has made it possible to do it without even leaving Lightroom. However, every auto stitching software will have times when it can’t process your photos for one reason or another. In these situations you may still be able to create the panoramic image, but you will need to stitch the photos manually in Photoshop. In this video Simon Plant walks through the process of manually blending and stitching two photos together.

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How to Color Grade Landscape Photos in Lightroom

Many times it is the small tweaks and subtle enhancements in post processing that can take your landscape and nature photos from good to great. In this video Simon Plant demonstrates how you can use Lightroom’s tools for color grading images. He shows how to use split toning, while explaining the different settings and how they work, as well as how to color grade with tone curves.

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How to Use Lightroom’s Radial Filter to Enhance Your Photos

While it does not provide as many options for advanced selections and photo manipulations as Photoshop, Lightroom has a number of tools that allow you to do the majority of your post processing without needing to open Photoshop. Lightroom 5 introduced the radial filter, and there were some small enhancements made to it in Lightroom 6/CC. The radial filter can be used to make selective adjustments quite easily for a wide variety of different purposes. In this video Simon Plant provides an introduction to the radial filter and shows how it can be used to improve a sample photo. If you are not very familiar with the radial filter or if you rarely use it with your photos, this is a video that may be of great help to you.

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Remove Unwanted Objects in Photoshop with Cloning & Healing

It’s not uncommon to have objects in your landscape photos that you would like to remove. It could be a person, a car, an ugly trash can, litter, telephone poles and power lines, or just about any other object that takes away from the photo. Removing objects can seem like a daunting task, but Photoshop has a few different tools that make it much easier than you might expect.

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New Features in Lightroom 6: HDR Merge and Panorama Merge

Lightroom 6 (also known as Lightroom CC) was released a few weeks ago and among the most significant and popular new features, especially for landscape and nature photographers, are the HDR merge and panorama merge which allow you to now create HDR images and panoramas without leaving Lightroom. In this video Simon Plant walks through the process of using each of these new features. They are both fairly easy to use and can speed up your editing process by saving you from needed to leave Lightroom to create HDR and panoramic images.

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How to Retouch Areas of Gradient Skies in Photoshop

There will be situations when you need or want to remove a particular object from a photo, and Photoshop’s tools generally make it pretty easy to do so. However, when the object is in front of a gradient sky that lacks a solid color, getting the sky to look natural in the place of the removed object can be a very big challenge. This video from our friends at Contrastly shows how to get realistic looks with gradient skies when you are removing an object. In the video you will learn: How to fix gradient skies that are common...

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How to Dodge and Burn in Photoshop

Dodging and burning can help to improve your landscape photos by selectively darkening and lightening specific areas of the photo. There are a few different ways that you can dodge and burn in Photoshop, and in this video tutorial you’ll see a quick and easy way to do it.

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