A collection of technqiues using Photoshop that I have incorporated into my processing techniques.
Sky Replacement 1 As a landscape photographers we are at the mercy of Mother Nature with the sky. Sometimes, in order to save a shot, I will add a sky in my post-production workflow. Replacing skies can add impact to your images. Different images may require different techniques in Photoshop, here is one technique that I find useful. If you're just starting out, it's important to build up a good sky library. Keep your camera with you at all times and start shooting the sky!
Sky replacement 2 Having different techniques in your “bag of tricks” makes it easier when you want to replace a sky. Whenever I am on location, I will often capture the sky for several reasons - it goes in my extensive “sky library”, it also captures the light, clouds at that location, makes it easier to match. Many a time the sky has been fantastic, but not where I wanted it to be, so I shoot my composition then shoot the sky.
Tips to remove Objects and People Sometimes you just have to accept there are going to be people or objects in your images. I like my images clutter free, so I will remove signs, people, buildings, trees whatever I feel needs removing. Basically, it is what I call “the distractors” elements that don’t enhance the image
colour and tone are an important part of processing my images. I completed a certificate in Interior Styling a few years back, where we spent a number of lessons on the importance of colour in the space. It was very interesting. With photography colour could be seen as the most important factor, it can create mood, emotion, warmth, coldness and much more. This first tip is a starter delving into the "World of Colour".
The next video is a great introduction into using Colour for Landscape Images using Photoshop tools. Working with colour in your images can create a mood or emotions. For my images colour plays an important part in my post processing and I love playing with colour and tones to create the story or mood.
I have been using various colour techniques to get the tonal range I am after. a softer colour palette with complimentary colours is where i have been experimenting. This video is a great start in understanding and using Complimentary Colours.
This tip is about Colour Grading, it is a process that can change the visual tone of an image. I have been playing with different ways to add a tonal range to my images, this is one technique I have used. It won’t work for all images but is an easy technique to use on images where you might want a punchier/grungy colour palette.