PP’s pro image editor Dan Mold retouches a selection of your pictures.
Dan says: The gnarly Old Man of Storr is the perfect focal point for Jamie’s Isle of Skye landscape – it’s packed with heaps of texture and grit. The composition works well with Jamie following the rule-of-thirds to position the ‘Old Man’ a third in from the top right corner. The rocky towers reach high into the sky and loom over the horizon and, with the foreground taking up the bottom two thirds of the frame and sky dominating the top third, it’s well balanced too.
It can be difficult to achieve a balanced exposure when you have a dark foreground and bright background, as is often the case with landscapes. Some patches of the sky have clipped to pure white in Jamie’s sky here, so it’d be worth using a soft or hard graduated neutral density (ND) filter to stop this happening, or shoot a bracket of shots and merge them together to create a high dynamic range (HDR) image. Luckily, Jamie shot in the RAW file format which contains extra exposure information. Reworking the RAW means that we can restore some detail in these clipped areas (see Photo Fix panel).
To make the sky more dramatic it could also be worth trying out a long exposure by using a filter such as a 10-stop ND to block out light. This would keep static subjects like the Old Man of Storr pin-sharp but render moving subjects, like the sky, as a dynamic blur. We’ve mimicked the effect using Photoshop and you can find out more on page 82 to try this effect on your landscapes.
This is a belter of a shot, taken to the top of its game with some simple RAW adjustments. Great work!
BEFORE Highlights are just starting to clip to pure white Motion in the sky would add impact