Here is a simple trick you can use when shooting and editing landscapes/seascapes if you don’t have graduated filters. This trick works really well when shooting sunsets too. You might know that using graduated filters can help you when dealing with a great range of lighting conditions, but what if you don’t have any or you are traveling light, like I do often?
Well all is not lost, as long as you are ready to think in advance and do a bit of quite simple post editing?
Here is a before and after comparison of the the work…
So what did I do to achieve this? The setting was perfect but to expose the field well and the sky was my challenge. This is where the thinking in advance comes into it. Rather than take one shot take two, in the first shot expose the foreground correctly, and in the second expose the sky correctly. Of course this works best if using a tripod. Here you see my two shots taken at the scene.
There you have it as simple as that, now simply blend the picture in PhotoShop. What, wait I hear you say? You can’t stop there! Oh ok, you want to know how to do the editing bit then…
As I might have said before I use Lightroom and Photoshop CC for all my post processing work, so the rest will show you how to do it with those tools.
Once you have got this far and you have the end result you require, you can then save it back into Lightroom and continue your normal processing routine.
For me on this shot that included, slight cropping, boosting the colours, and bringing out the details even more.
Hope this might have given you a little help, any questions then simply comment below.