Learn a few ways you can create stunning landscapes inside ON1 Photo RAW 2019. Quickly take your landscapes to the next level using these tips.


Refining Your Composition

Cropping may seem all too obvious for many, but it indeed is one of the fundamental photo editing tools. Cropping will more often than not improve your compositions significantly. Sometimes what came out of the camera, isn’t always what we envisioned when composing the shot. Cropping allows for new creative compositions, new perspectives in your photo, and helps remove any excess foreground or background around your subject.

Getting the Colors Right

Shooting outside will have you dealing with many different light sources coming into your lens. Photos shot in the outdoors can often include color casts on those photos. Correcting for these color casts can often be achieved in just a few clicks while photo editing using the Tone & Color pane in the Develop. If your image has a cooler blueish tint, try pulling up the temperature slider to bring in warmth and rid your photo of the blue color cast. Or maybe the bluish hues is what you were going for and pulling the temperature slider down to cool it off, even more, is what you want. The live previews and smoothness of the sliders create a lot of fun for experimentation.

Seeing the Details

In most cases, bringing out a little detail or sharpening in your landscape photos is a good thing in photo editing. It can quickly make your scene much more inviting for your viewers. Adding pop by bringing out the little details in textures using these methods is a sure win. However, sometimes applying too much detail can have the reverse effect on the areas you want to be smooth. If you’re going to bring out detail and don’t mind applying that change to the entire image, I suggest using the Structure slider inside your Tone & Color pane (in Develop). One and probably the biggest drawback is you can’t target this change to specific areas in your photo. So, an alternative is to jump into Effects and bring out details using specific filters. I highly recommend using the Dynamic Contrast filter or a Local Adjustment to target specific areas by painting in (or painting out) the filters to bring out the detail in those areas you want.

Adding Your Look and Personal Touch

Filters are great for stylizing and adding a finishing touch to your landscape photos. Some of my go-to filters for editing landscape photos are Sunshine, Split Tone, and Vignette. I love the Sunshine filter because it emulates the sun hitting your photo by boosting the highlights and darkening your shadows a little. The Split Tone filter is excellent for bringing creative colors into your highlights and shadow tones. The Vignette is a proven classic. It helps to isolate your subject in the frame by darkening areas around a center point. Perfect for bringing the viewers eye into the subject area of your photo.  

Painting Light to Add Depth

Local Adjustments are (what I consider) the best way to edit, modify and adjust specific areas in your landscape photos. You can quickly add depth to your photos by brightening and darkening (dodging and burning) particular areas of your photos. Try bringing the darker areas to life by using a Local Adjustment to reveal shadows tones. Conversely, tone down the brighter areas by brushing on a Local Adjustment set to Darken. Don’t worry if it goes on too strong, head over to your adjustment and lower the opacity to blend.

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