How to Crop and Straighten in Lightroom

Getting the right composition in the camera is a goal of any landscape photographer, but there will be times when some cropping is necessary, or at least very helpful. Maybe you want to use cropping to eliminate some distracting elements around the edges of a photo, or to change the composition to emphasize a specific element in the photo. Cropping may also be needed to prepare a photo to be printed in a specific size or aspect ratio. The straighten tool within the crop tool is also extremely helpful for straightening horizons in landscapes.

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Sunrise Photography: Make Your Images Sparkle & Shine

What do most people do an hour before sunrise? While others are catching “z’s”, photographers are active participants in watching the sunrise cast its brilliant morning shine. Some of the most delicate and beautiful hues of the day happen before sunrises and right after sunsets. During this ‘blue hour,’ the sky has a deep blue hue. Rich, saturated colors paint the landscape and sky.

The transition from the blue hour to the golden hour happens quickly. An array of colors appears from blues, lavenders, pinks, reds to oranges.

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Photographer’s Guide to Zion National Park

Utah’s Zion National Park is truly an unbelievable place. It is filled with striking rock formations, canyons, and the Virgin River flows through the park. Zion is a popular destination for hikers, climbers, as well as photographers.

If you drive to Zion from the Grand Canyon, as many visitors do, you will leave the arid desert of Arizona and when you reach Zion you will feel like you stepped into another world. In this article we’ll take a look at Zion from a photographer’s perspective, with plenty of insight and tips to help you get the most out of your time at the park.

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21 Amazing Photos of Mountains

Mountains are a common and popular subject in landscape photography, and with good reason. Whether the mountains serve as a background to a pristine lake or blooming flowers, or the mountains provide the focal point of the photograph, they can play an integral role.

In this post we’ll showcase 21 beautiful photos of mountains captured by a variety of different photographers. Let these images inspire you and give you some ideas that can be put to use in your own photography.

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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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Photographer’s Guide to Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona is one of the most beautiful places in the United States, and a popular destination for landscape photographers. The gorgeous landscape of red rocks is both unique and impressive. The red rocks are a classic icon of the American southwest, and Sedona is one of the best places to catch these views.

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Tips for Better Sunset Photography

A beautiful sunset. A scene bathed in spectacular light –sunsets are a photographer’s dream come true, presenting a chance for some truly dramatic images.

But while sunsets present excellent photo opportunities, capturing the tremendous beauty of a sunset can be difficult! It’s hard to convey the complex range of colors, light, and beauty of a sunset, into a simple two-dimensional image. And then there is the issue with camera settings: often, what we see in-person, and what the camera renders as an image, are two entirely different things.

To combat these challenges, arm yourself with the tools that you need to create dynamic sunset images. Whether you’re just getting started with sunset photography, or looking to brush up on some technique, here are some tips that will get you on track.

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10 Hidden Gem Landscape Photography Locations in the U.S.

Last week we showcased 15 of the most iconic destinations for landscape photography in the United States. While all of those locations are well worth a visit, there are plenty of other locations that are equally perfect for photographing, even if they are not as well known. Today we’ll showcase 10 of these under-the-radar locations. Many of these places are popular within their regions, but they don’t have the national, or even worldwide, recognition of places like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone.

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21 Apps for Nature and Landscape Photography

As a landscape photographer you probably appreciate the solitude of being surrounded by nature and away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Cell phones and technology contribute to the fast-paced style of modern life, but smartphones can also be extremely useful even when you are out in the field working at your craft. The are many apps that can help in a variety of different ways, and in this article we’ll take a look at more than 20 of the best apps for nature and landscape photographers. Here you’ll find apps that will help you to find the best lighting, get tide information, calculate depth of field, calculate long exposures, GPS apps, and much more.

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15 Dream Locations in the U.S. for Landscape Photographers

The United States is filled with a wide variety of differing climates and geography that present plenty of possibilities for landscape photographers. While it’s possible to create amazing landscape photos without leaving your local area, some places in the country offer views and scenery that you can’t get elsewhere. In this post we’ll take a look at 15 of the most iconic locations for landscapes within the U.S.

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