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 photographers, it’s more than enough. And so today I’m gonna explain a quick and simple landscape photography retouching in Lightroom.
To be honest, here, some photography I look at on Instagram is great. But most of them are sucks. Not because they not doing a good job of photographing it. But because of the horrible in post-processing. So if you want at least good and decent post-processing just follow this tutorial.
I learned this workflow from watching a YouTube video by Serge Ramelli. So if you want to learn another quick and simple landscape photography retouching in Lightroom watch his YouTube channel.
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 clicking the import button and browse to your photo location.
Then we move to Develop Module.
For this tutorial, what we want is simple retouching. So what we want are just better quality and sharp photos.
In this module, what we gonna do is playing some panels 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 spot removal.
1. Lens Correction Panel
Let’s begin with the 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 the Lens Profile box.
2. Transform Panel
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 to 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 the automatic option, Full.
3. Spot Removal Tool
Go to the spot removal tool. This tool is used to remove dust spots if there is one. To locate a dust spot, you can look for a black small dot on your photo.
Use soft proofing to locate the dust spot easier.
But there is also a better way to more locate dust spots by using the tone curve.
Read More: 4 Steps to Remove Sensor Dust in Lightroom
4. Basic Panel
Then we go to the Basic Panel. Here’s where the retouching happens.
In Highlight, decrease it to the lowest (-100).
For Shadow, increase it to the highest (+100).
In the White and Black panels, there is a trick. When you moving the slider on the white or black panel, hold the 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.
In Black, slide the panel until there is some dark color. For this one, we want some more dark colors.
5. Detail Panel
Now we move to the Detail Panel.
Let’s begin with the Sharpening box.
In Amount, just make it around 70.
Then in Masking, just like before, while holding the slider, press the Alt/option. With this, we can see where the sharpening applied (the white color). Usually, we want to avoid the sky from sharpening.
Then go to the 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, 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.
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 also means that Lightroom can do more than that. If you try to explore all of the options in Develop module, you can find a way not only to fix your photo. But also make it far better.