One topic I still haven’t been talking about is “How to post editing a landscape photograph” ?
Lastly I was more focused on street photography, but it is important to pay attention to what your landscapes looks like.
I had to browse among all my old photos to find one that can be a good example. It turned out that I do not have a lot of good landscapes. But I still managed to find a photo that could do the job.
For the story, I took this photo during a short walk with my friends in the country side. Originally the image is like this:
We were climbing this small hill at the beginning of the winter season. You cannot see it, but my shoes were totally wet and full of mud ! The end of the afternoon was coming fast and I decided to take one last shot on the way back to our car.
The only thing that may be interesting and nice in this photo is the curve of the hill and the sunset.
So let’s see how we can improve this picture…
Edit 1 – Accentuate the cold aspect
When you are post editing a photograph, it is hard sometimes to find what to do first. Usually you can always start with a quick check on the sky. In the original photo the sky is nice, but not very interesting, because there are not any cloud.
So I thought that it is a good starting point: modifying the sky.
It is winter, so let’s increase the winterish feeling of the image. You set the sky darker and decrease the colour saturation of the grass.
Edit 2 – Give a warmer and a summer style
Following the philosophy of our first edit, you can decide to change the colours of the images. Here The sky is less violet and the grass is warmer, like a field of wheat. That way you can give to the photo a warm aspect, while keeping a dramatic style.
Edit 3 – The dramatic and overburnt colours
That is probably my prefered edit.
Yes it does not look real, but that was my intension. I decided to create a scene that is like in some sci-fi movies. In this shot, we make the sky almost black. There is no more blue.
I also manually added a lot of shadows in the corner and increased the vignetting to give the final touch:
I hope that you enjoyed this uncommon edit.
Drop a comment if you liked it !
For those who are wondering what software I am using ? I am using DXO Photolab.