Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography

with Ben Long
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Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography
Video duration: 0s 6h 43m Intermediate


In Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography, Ben Long outlines a full, shooting-to-output workflow geared specifically toward the needs of landscape photographers, with a special emphasis on composition, exposure enhancement, and retouching. This course also covers converting to black and white, using high-dynamic range (HDR) imaging techniques to capture an image that’s closer to what your eye sees, and preparing images for large-format printing. Learn to bring back the impact of the original scene with some simple post-processing in Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Getting the shot: landscape-specific shooting tips and tricks
  • Choosing the right equipment
  • Cropping and straightening images
  • Making localized color and tonal adjustments
  • Reducing noise
  • Guiding the viewer’s eye with localized adjustments
  • Adding a vignette
  • Using gradient masks to create seamless edits
  • Approaching adjustments like a painter–thinking in light and shadow
  • HDR imaging
  • Creating panoramas: shooting and post-processing techniques


- Hi, I'm Ben Long, and welcome to Photoshop CS5 for Landscape Photographers. Getting out into the wilds can be a great adventure and while you have to work hard in the field to get a good shot, very often the real work of the landscape photographer doesn't begin until you're back at home. For landscapes are difficult subjects to capture in camera, and you'll frequently need to train Photoshop on your images to get the results that you want. In this course, we're going to use Photoshop CS5 to create finished landscape images.

We'll begin with a discussion of gear and a quick look at some important landscape-specific shooting tips. After a discussion of Raw, and some workflow issues, we'll go over Photoshop's histogram, an essential tool for the landscape photographer. Next, we'll introduce you to the image editing workflow of the photographer as we work our way through cropping, retouching, lens correction, and tone and color adjustment. Along the way, we'll explore what landscape-specific troubles you may find, and how to correct them. Panoramas and HDR images are now standard tools in the photographer's arsenal and we'll look at both shooting and post-processing techniques for these essential procedures as well as black and white conversion, another option for expanding your photographic vocabulary.

For landscape work, I use a small, very refined set of techniques. When these are backed up by an understanding of certain principles, you get a very robust landscape editing toolkit. To that end, we'll be spending a lot of time discussing light, shadow, and how to see a landscape. So, if you're ready, let's get started with Photoshop CS5 for Landscape Photographers.

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