Today I will be showing you how to edit a landscape or nature photo in under 30 seconds using Lightroom. If you don’t currently have Lightroom you can download a free full version 30 day trial here. Lightroom is a little harder to learn than Picmonkey but it does so much more, it’s worth the extra time it takes to learn it.
I carry my camera every where I go and this morning I decided to use a lens I would not normally use for this type of shot (50mm) but I am happy with the outcome so I may rethink using it for similar photos again. I was wanting a lighter lens for my walk and this one was perfect, It is making me rethink the lenses I have with new ways to use them. Below are the corrections I used for this photo, remember this is just my personal taste you can adjust your photo to whatever suits your taste and needs. Some of the best advice I can give you is to take your camera every where and take tons of photos, it’s not like in the old film days where it cost to develop them, if you don’t like a shot you can always hit the delete button. I take on average of 300 shots a day. I discard about 80% of those, but normally have some pretty good shots to work with. Remember to be shooting in RAW!!
Canon 50mm 1.4 /ISO 250
All corrections have been done in Lightroom and took under 30 seconds. They look like a lot but once you open the program you will realize these are very quick edits.
1. Basic: Exposure +.35, Contrast +25, Blacks -14, Clarity +32
2. HSL Saturation: Red +29, Orange +50, Yellow +33, Green +34 Luminance: Red +19, Orange +19, Yellow +19, Green +23
3. Detail: Amount 69, Detail 41
4. Camera Calibration: Landscape
You can now see a underexposed photo can be magically transformed with a little help. If you missed the earlier post on how to edit a portrait in Picmonkey you can see it here. I will be back next week to show you and edit done in Photoshop, and if you would like to download a free version of photoshop you can do so here. If you are enjoying these type of posts please let me know and I will continue adding new things to the edits for you to learn. Please tell me which program you prefer to use too, I want the edits to reflect what my readers are using most.
If you missed the first editing class in this series you can see it here: How to Edit in Picmonkey in Under 30 Seconds.