5 Post Processing tips for Better Landscape Photography

5 Post Processing tips for Better Landscape Photography

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The power of landscapes is something magical that captures, that attract, that relaxes us. Being transported by the images of natural landscapes is something that fascinates, that allows us to imagine and transport

As a landscape photographer in shooting natural sceneries I always try to guide the viewer’s eye in the frame and post production helps to amplify this aspect towards our imagination and nature

In this article, we will see 5 Post Processing tips for Better Landscape Photography, thanks to which with some we could restore the original beauty of the scene you see or enhance that scene further and push it more toward’s imagination

1) Correct Color Cast

Color Cast can happen in several photos situations, it constitutes a somewhat unavoidable element of photography in many situations, for the white balance not always perfectly set or using an ND filter that leaves us a cast in the photo

On how to remove the color cast from a photo I published a specific article some time ago called 4 Methods to Correct Color Cast in Photoshop, the video below will show you how I removed the cast from the shot with 4 easy ways

2) Light Bleeding

This technique is very useful for enhancing the sunset colors with excellent results, through light bleeding we will literally go to painting directly within our image with the color we want to enhance

Let’s see how to do it:

Create new layer: To create a new layer, go to the button left of the trash can in the layers panel and click on it;

Select Color Picker tool: and find the color you want to enhance, when the color picker tool window will open, move the cursor to the color tonality you want to enhance;

Paint across the frame: into the new layer created on all areas you need to affect of the paint;

Change the blending mode to soft light: decrease the opacity to softener the effect;

Mask out the ares you don’t want to affect: in case you acidentally wrong with brush, just create a layer mask and paint with black the unwanted paints

3) Add Orton Effect

I like very much the magical feel created by orton effect, it’s a great way to add glow and give more impact to your image. Many times the dreamy feel of orton effect fits very good to landscape photography, increasing the dark mood and glow

I created a guide to create different types of Orton Effect, you cand find them in the dedicated article 3 different ways to Create Beautiful Orton Effect.

Below the main steps to create Orton Effect

Duplicate Background Layer: Right-click on it and choose duplicate layer or press Ctrl+J (Mac Cmd+J);

Apply Image: Navigate to Image>Apply Image. On the dialog box make sure to change the layer to background, channel RGB and select multiply;

Image with strong Orton Effect

Apply Gaussian Blur: Now on the same layer apply gaussian blur, I usually set radius between 22 and 45 it depends on the image;

Change The Blend Mode: Now change the blending mode to screen and reduce the opacity as your taste

4) Use Detail Enhancer

A very effective method to give greater impact to your photos is to add details and create beautiful textures that complete or guide the viewer’s attention through the scenery

When you apply the details enhancer remember that is a enhance that performs better when used through a selective application, for that I recommend you to read my article on this thread how to increase details selectively which you can find the related video below:

Pro Tip

A further step to the selective details enhancements is to add them through the use of the luminosity masks and apply the selection, to better understand it I created a course dedicated course to the use of the luminosity masks including the selective application of the details called Mastering Luminosity Masks

5) Dodge and Burn

Another powerful editing tool that I often use in my workflow is dodge and burn. It is a tool that allows us to emphatize some elements of the photo in a very specific way

Through the use of dodge and burn it is possible to darken or lighten some areas and following the direction of the light, thanks to this it is possible to create situations of great scenic impact. But how to create a dodge and burn filter?

Below the necessary steps:

1. Create a new layer;

2. In the new Layer dialog box select overlay and Fill with overlay-neutral color (50% gray);

3.  Select the dodge tool or white brush and paint all the areas that need to be lightened;

4.  Select the burn tool or black brush with the same opacity and paint all the areas that need to be darkened;

If you get a look at the grey thumbnail for the “dodge and burn” layer in the Layers palette, you can see all the areas  painted with black or white like the image below;

Here a before after image with dodge and burn filter applied, you can see some areas are lightened or darkened simply using paintbrush

Pro Tip

The next step to dodge and burn is to apply it to luminosity masks and avoid every change to wrong the paint over the picture, there is a specific tutorial I created about this you can find in my dedicated article How to Dodge and Burn using Luminosity Masks, below the related video:


These were 5 Post Processing tips for better Landscape Photography for feel free to write me to let me know the ones you use. As always if you have any question write feel free to contact me, I am always happy to answer you!

How to Find top Photography Spots

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How to find top photography spots


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It happens to all to want to go to some nice place to photograph, to have it in front of our eyes and to take all the beauty of a place that, until that moment, we have only seen in web pictures or in a few postcards. In photography, a  landscape, a particular view, a position can radically change the final result of a photo, and this also affects much of the final result. When I traveling into a place to photograph the scene, I want to be sure that the angle from which I’m taking it, is one of the best if not the best possible, weather and light conditions on the course…

Then I decided to create a little guide to share with you what are my main activities and ways to achieve my top photography spots:

Whatch internet images

It’s the first things you do, probably before your trip. It is probably the fastest way to know your goal if supported by a tour scoured to understand what are the main spots of our location.

Look at the postcards

First, basic … at least I need inspiration, then do a tour the night before in the gift shops and look at the postcards of the place. In these pictures you can find beautiful images of the place where you are, photographed in the best locations. Usually I take inspiration from here and start to think about where the photographer could find  as he took that picture.

Speak with local people

If you find nice and avaiable people, sometimes this solution may be the best of all, in the course of my travels I have found many useful tips on the best places to admire a beautiful sunset, a  panoramic view with the advice that only a local can know.







Ok I know the spot. But how reach it?

Sometimes it can be easy sometimes more complex depending on where you are in the cities, often best views are given by the city itself and other times to get a good view you need to look a bit ‘more, we see how to extricate inside of a labyrinth of possible scenarios.

– Take on the rooftop bar / restaurant

Specially  in the perched villages  as this is the best solution, the restaurant with the beautiful view also gives a fantastic terrace where you can have all the best pictures of the place without people or TV antennas in front of your goal. I move often into these places to see if they make me take pictures from their terrace, sometimes I sit down for a glass of wine, with minimal expense you will take a great loot.

– Take an excursion / tour

This is  a  not cheap solution  but that saves you a lot of hassle. It’s important to check the validity of the tour you are doing but if the route is good you can easily admire a sunset, somewhere particular with no worry, leading you with a van in the best spots possible to photograph it.

– Rent a car / motorcycle / scooter

If the selected site is located outside of residential areas it can sometimes be almost essential travel there by car. Imagine a place of unspoilt nature at sunset coincides with the dark and often even in areas not well served by public transport, although this is a solution that does not particularly like (I like to turn on with local transports) but sometimes can be important to see with all calm all the beauties of the place and look for the best spot.

– Try to get there before

In any case, stay always in place before, can sometimes be useless at times it may be necessary to understand where position yourself, adjust the camera, take your time, do things slowly. Photographing is sometimes like to fish you have to wait for the right time and if it goes well and if you have time also to go back the next day.

Be prepared also to some climbing  out of the program, I started as a simple photographer now I become  little hiker. ; D

3) Photomatix tutorial

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In the previous tutorials we learned how to take and prepare images to process a HDR. In this tutorial we will see how to generate a HDR using Photomatix. There are many HDR software that allow you to merge to images to HDR and process them with the tone mapping. Nevertheless  I think Photomatix is better and the more intuitive.

So let’s see  how to process a HDR with Photomatix step by step:

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