Author: Simon Plant

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. If you don’t already have Photoshop you can download a free trial here. In...

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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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How to Apply Split Toning in Photoshop

There are a lot of different ways to enhance the colors of your landscape and nature images in Photoshop or Lightroom, and applying split toning is one of them. In this video from our friends at Contrastly Simon Plant shows how to split tone a sample image in Photoshop. If you don’t already have Photoshop you can download a free trial here. In the video you How to improve your images with split toning How to use RGB curves selectively How to use “blend if” sliders to remove tones and create the split toned...

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Landscape Lenses: The Characteristics

In this video Simon Plant discusses some of the factors involved in selecting the right lens for your landscape and nature photos. Choosing the right lens is obviously an important part of your photography, and Simon points out that a wide angle lens, although it is a popular choice for landscapes, is not always the answer.

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How to Enhance Light with Flare and Haze in Photoshop

In this video from our friends at Contrastly Simon Plant shows how to improve a landscape image with the help of Photoshop by boosting light with a flare and haze. You may have tried Photoshop’s lens flares in the past and been disappointed with unnatural results, but Simon shows how you can take control of the flare and get a much better look.

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How to Use Lightroom’s Graduated Filter Tool

Lightroom’s graduated filter tool is an invaluable resource when processing landscape photos. With the graduated filter tool you can make selective adjustments that impact a certain part of your photo without impacting other parts. For example, if you wanted to lighten the foreground area below the horizon without impacting the sky.

The graduated filter tool is fairly simple to use, and in this video Simon Plant covers the basics of the tool, how it works, and shows examples in real world situations.

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