Editing is an important step in creating the final look of your image. If you’re a landscape photographer, Mark Denney has a useful video for you. In this video, he guides you through six essential skills and tools that you need to know to step up your editing game.
Although Mark uses Lightroom for editing, some of these tools and skills are applicable to Photoshop as well. He refers to the first set of skills as “getting localized.” In other words, he proposes that you start using more local than global adjustments to edit your landscape photos. There are three ways to do it in Lightroom: with an adjustment brush, radial filter, and graduated filter. Mark admits that he almost never uses the adjustment brush, whereas the radial filter is his favorite local adjustment tool.
The second set of skills is what Mark calls “custom colors.” If you like to shoot and edit color images, these are another three tools that you’ll find extremely useful.
I personally use most of these tools in Lightroom all the time, and I can even say that many of them are my favorites. I couldn’t imagine landscape photo editing without the HSL sliders, the Crop Tool, or local adjustments. What are your absolute favorite tools you couldn’t imagine your editing process without?