Get The Look: Light and colour

Take a more re­fined ap­proach to ad­just­ments by tar­get­ing only the de­sired parts of your im­ages

Digital Camera World - - PRACTICAL PHOTOSHOP -

Four ways to edit a scene and se­lec­tively ad­just the way it looks

Shooting land­scape im­ages is a care­ful bal­ance of be­ing in the right place at the right time. And when it comes to pro­cess­ing, the aim is al­ways to take ad­van­tage of this care­ful co-or­di­na­tion and good luck to achieve the best im­age pos­si­ble.

What that im­age ac­tu­ally looks like is, of course, sub­jec­tive. But with the right ap­proach, it’s pos­si­ble to take full con­trol of a wide range of sim­ple ef­fects that look com­pletely nat­u­ral – and that’s the back­bone of any type of land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy that doesn’t fall into the cat­e­gory of dig­i­tal art.

When it comes to pro­cess­ing land­scape im­ages, the main fo­cus of ad­just­ments of­ten cen­tres around colour and bright­ness con­trol. So with the four tech­niques we’ll be cov­er­ing you’ll learn how to ad­just the colour and light in spe­cific parts of im­ages. To do this we’ll be us­ing Ad­just­ment Lay­ers and colour chan­nels to achieve a quar­tet of re­fined ef­fects.

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