Edit Like a Pro! - 4 - Castletown Stately Home
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Edit your landscape shots using the full power of Adobe Lightroom & Nik Silver Efex Pro 2!
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Created by Joe Houghton
Last updated 12/2016
Price: $20
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Edit a landscape photo using a wide range of techniques
  • Produce panoramic crop images
  • Create different variants of a single image
  • Process a colour image into black & white using Lightroom & Nik Silver Efex Pro 2
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  • No prior knowledge is required, but a copy of Adobe Lightroom is useful to follow along on your own photos trying out the techniques shown

This hour long class takes you through a detailed landscape image edit, covering almost all of the various Develop module tabs in detail.

You will learn how to crop to panoramic ratios, apply global and selective edits, and end up with two very different versions of the original shot - one in colour, the other a dramatic black and white.

Anyone can follow and benefit from this class - no prior knowledge required!

Who is the target audience?
  • Users of Adobe Lightroom
  • Users of any other photo editing software
  • Those who want to learn editing and post-processing techniques
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
Let's set our image up for editing...
5 Lectures 05:14

Here we take a look at the raw image we will be working with, straight out of the camera.

Preview 01:02

Adding keywords to images helps you find them later amongst the thousands of shots which build up over time.

Preview 01:37

Here we look at how to add copyright and other information to your image so it can be attributed back to you even if shared digitally.

Preview 01:47
The Basic Tab - initial editing
5 Lectures 16:21

This image benefits from a panoramic crop, so we apply this to accentuate the wide sweeping landscape.

Preview 04:37

Maximising the full tonal range of an image helps bring out colours and creates better shots.  The histogram is a visual representation of the tones from complete back through to complete white, and helps you adjust your black and white points as well as see where most tones fall in your image.

Preview 03:49

These 4 sliders form the backbone of any tonal editing sequence, and work in conjunction with the histogram which reflects changes made as these sliders are moved.

Highlights, Shadows, Whites & Blacks

Now we get into adjusting the colours and depth of tones...

Clarity, Vibrance & Saturation

The Tone Curve is a powerful and often under-utilised tool which gives very precise control of contrast and other tonal adjustments.

Adjusting Contrast using the Tone Curve
The HSL tab
1 Lecture 03:50

The HSL tab is where you can really play with colours - I go over the top here (but then I'm colourblind!) but you can achieve almost any look you want with judicious use of these sliders.

Adjusting Hue, Saturation and Luminance
Sharpening and Orientation
3 Lectures 09:49

Most images need some sharpening to really bring out the detail in the shot, so we look at this here.

Preview 03:46

Lightroom can correct for lens distortion, which is especially apparent in wide angle shots like this one.

Lens Corrections

The Transform tab gives us very precise control over verticals and the horizontal orientation of our image.

Tweaking verticals with the Transform tab
Subtle finishing touches
6 Lectures 29:38

Vignettes are used to very subtly move the viewer's eye towards the main subject in the image.

Applying a vignette in the Effects tab

A "hidden" feature which lets you choose different "looks" for your photo by adjusting the colour focus pre-sets your camera offers.

Using Camera Calibration for different "looks"

Local adjustments give us hugely powerful tools to bring out details which would otherwise be lost.

Bring out shadow detail with Radial Filters & Adjustment Brushes

And getting rid of distracting elements helps clean the image up as we approach completion of our edit.

Cloning out distracting elements

Here we take our edited colour image and do a mono conversion using the powerful and free Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 software.

B&W using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2

About the Instructor
Joe Houghton
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Passionate about photography!

Joe is an experienced photographer and trainer who has handled Nikon's training in Ireland for the past 10 years, and trained thousands of people in camera skills and techniques all over the world.  He is also an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom.

He and his wife Penny run Houghton Photography in Dublin, Ireland, and sell their images all over the world through Getty Images as well as their own website.  

Outside photography, Joe holds an International Executive MBA, and a Postgraduate Diploma in University Teaching and Learning.  He has taught at Ireland's leading business school since 2003, co-creating the Master's in Project Management Programme and directing the programme from 2005 up until 2016. Before his IEMBA, Joe had a successful career in international business leading IT and development teams to global level.