In this free Photoshop and Lightroom tutorial, follow along with me as I show you how to edit a Rocky Beach landscape photo from start to finish.
I’ve also included step-by-step instructions to make it easier for you to follow along with this Lightroom tutorial.
Download Image – Editing a Rocky Beach Photo (Download the photo here)
Portion of the Lightroom Tutorial
- Open the Raw file in Lightroom and go to the Develop module
- In the Basic panel adjust the Temp to 7830, Tint to 14, Exposure to .85, Highlights to -71, and the shadows to 18.
- Press the Alt (Mac: Option) key and drag the Whites slider to the right till you start to see highlights appear ( I adjusted the Whites to 19). This will give you a good White point.
- Press the Alt (Mac: Option) key and drag the Blacks slider to the left till you start to see shadows appear ( I adjusted the Blacks to -4). This will give you a good Black point.
- Open the HSL panel and click on Saturation.
- Adjust Orange to 24, Yellow to 22, and Green to 18.
- Open the Detail panel and adjust Amount to 96, Radius to 1.4, and detail to 57.
- Adjust Temp to 4,881.
- Open the Lens Corrections panel and turn on Remove Chromatic Aberration and Enable Profile Corrections
- Open Effects and adjust the Amount to -18, Midpoint to 10, and the Feather to 100.
- Click on the Graduated filter and draw it on the image as shown.
- Adjust the Exposure to -.60 and the Clarity to 20.
- Grab the Brush tool and click on Erase, turn on Auto Mask and paint along the top edge of the hill.
- Once the edges are outlined, turn Auto Mask off and paint the rest of the hills.
- Click on the Brush tool again; adjust the Temp to 33 and paint over the rocks to add some warmth.
- Click on New, adjust the Exposure to .47 and paint on the foreground rocks.
- Zoom into the bright spot in the hills and grab your brush tool, adjust the Exposure to -.83 and paint over that area.
Portion of the Photoshop Tutorial
- Add a new blank layer.
- Grab the Spot Healing Brush tool (J).
- Turn on Sample all Layers
- Paint over any spots you want to remove.
- Go to the File Menu and select Save.
- Go back to Lightroom
Back to Portion of the Lightroom Tutorial
- In the Effects Panel, adjust the Amount to -18, the Midpoint to 10 and the Feather to 100.