Quick and Simple Landscape Photography Retouching in Lightroom

Quick and Simple Landscape Photography Retouching in Lightroom

One of the most popular photography post-processing software is Adobe Photoshop. This little software can give you wonder. But if it’s your first doing post-processing and your intent is just for simple retouching, it gonna be confusing. So another way to do it is by using another beauty from Adobe, the Adobe Lightroom. And for many Landscape photographer, it’s more than enough. And so today I’m gonna explain a quick and simple landscape photography retouching in Lightroom.

Being honest here, some photography I look on Instagram is great. But most of them are sucks. Not because they not doing a good job of photograph it. But because of they horrible in post-processing. So if you want at least a good and decent post-processing just follow this tutorial.

I learned this workflow from watching YouTube video by Serge Ramelli. So if you want to learn another quick and simple landscape photography retouching in Lightroom watch his YouTube channel.

RAW Photo

Quick and Simple Landscape Photography Retouching in Lightroom

For the sake of the tutorial, let’s assume that the photo is taken in normal exposure. Not under or over. And also this tutorial is using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.

Let’s begin by importing the photo into Lightroom.

Start in Library Module. To import, you can do that by dragging the photo to Lightroom or by click the import button and browse to your photo location.

Then we move to Develop Module.

For this tutorial, what we want is a simple retouching. So what we want are just a better quality and sharp photo.

In this module, what we gonna do is playing some panel on the right side of the software. For this tutorial, we won’t use all of the panels. So in order, we gonna use Lens Corrections, Transform, Basic, Spot Removal Tool and Detail. Also, between those panels, we also gonna use the spot removal.

Let’s begin with Lens Correction panel. This panel is to fix a lens distortion in your photo.

Open the panel and check the Remove Chromatic Abberation and Enable Profile Correction box.

Enable profile correction is for fixing lens distortion according to what lens do you use. But it won’t work if you use a manual/analog lens. So if that happens, you can manually enter the lens you use to take the photo in Lens Profile box.

Then we go to the Transform panel. This panel is optional. If you think your photo still has some distortion or you want to apply perspective correction into your photo, you can use this panel to fix it.

To use it, you can just try all of the automatic options to find the best one. Or do it manually by using the slide the transform panel. For this photo, I use automatic option, Full.

Go to spot removal tool. This tool is used to remove dust spots, if there one. To locate a dust spot, you can look for a black small dot on your photo.

Use the soft proofing to locate the dust spot easier.

But there also a better way to more locate dust spot by using the tone curve.

Read More: 4 Step to Remove Sensor Dust in Lightroom

Then we go to the Basic Panel. Here’s where the retouching happen.

In Highlight, decrease it to the lowest (-100).

For Shadow, increase it to the highest (+100).

In White and Black panel, there a trick. When you moving the slider on white or black panel, hold alt button. Here the photo turns into black or white. Here you can see which part change with the use of black and white slides.

In White, slide the panel until there is a dot of change of color. You heard me, a dot, a small dot.

See that red dot

In Black, slide the panel until the there some dark color. For this one, we want some more dark color.

It’s not just a dot

Now we move to the Detail Panel.

Let’s begin with Sharpening box.

In Amount, just make it around 70.

Then in Masking, just like before, while holding the slider, press Alt/option. With this, we can see where the sharpening applied (the white color). Usually, we want to avoid the sky for sharpening.

Then go to Noise Reduction box.

If you’re ISO around 100, slide the luminance slide around 10-15. If you’re ISO more than 100, increase the luminance slide even more.


Then you have it, a quick and simple landscape photography retouching in Lightroom. So simple that you can do it in 15 minutes. Or 5 minutes, once you get used to it.

Let’s see the finished result:

It looks nice if I can say so myself. At least better than the RAW photo. Why don’t we try to compare them:


Let me make this clear. This is a quick and simple landscape photography retouching in Lightroom. So that means this tutorial is to explain how to fix the basic problem and enhance the quality of a photo.

That’s also mean that Lightroom can do more than that. If you try to explore all of the options in Develop module, you can find a way to not only to fix your photo. But also make it far better.

5 thoughts on “Quick and Simple Landscape Photography Retouching in Lightroom

  1. Interesting post. I have lightroom (came with photoshop) but never used it as I always automatically go to Photoshop. Now I feel like I ought to take a look at lightroom.

    1. Thanks!!
      I don’t actually know a phone app that can do exactly this kind of retouching.
      But I guest the closest one I can think of is using snapseed or Lightroom for android.
      Not sure though. Why don’t you try it out and let me know 🙂

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