Performing localized edits with the Gradient Filter tool


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Performing localized edits with the Gradient Filter tool

As you've probably discovered by now, with many landscape shots, global edits - that is edits that are applied to the entire image - often don't work, because landscape shots usually have a lot of dynamic range. If you've got a big, bright sky in the upper half of the frame, and a dark foreground in the lower half, you're going to have trouble finding a single tonal adjustment that works for both the bright sky and the darker foreground. Now, while you can shoot with a graduated filter on your camera to try to even out the exposure, these days it's much easier to correct the problem later by using some localized edits, and Camera RAW has a couple of really good localized editing tools.

So let's look at this image here. I have not yet done anything to it. I've got a plainly bright sky, and plainly a dark foreground, and what's going on over here is the sun was setting off in this direction. And so the ground is already in shadow, so it's completely dark...

Performing localized edits with the Gradient Filter tool
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Performing localized edits with the Gradient Filter tool provides you with in-depth training on Photography. Taught by Ben Long as part of the Photoshop CS5: Landscape Photography

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