Correcting Landscape Photos in Photoshop

Taking landscape photos can be very difficult because you are taking a photo of many very different elements. Your camera will try to take the best picture it possibly can, but this isn't always perfect. It's possible to correct landscape photos using Photoshop or other photo editing applications. Photoshop is very powerful, and it can be used to create some amazing effects.

Step 1: Taking and Importing the Photo

The first step that you need to do is take the photo of the landscape and import it onto your computer. Load it in Photoshop and take a look at the landscape. Decide exactly what you need to change about it.

Step 2: Lightening Images

The problem with landscapes is that the sky will be much brighter than the ground. The photo needs to be lightened to make it look better. Duplicate the bottom layer and use the unsharpen mask. Set the radius to around 80 and the sharpening to 32. This makes the image have more contrast. Then, run the unsharp mask a second time. Set the radius very small and play around with the settings to sharpen the edges of the images.

Step 3: Duplicating the Layer

Press Control J to duplicate the layer a second time. Then, in the blending mode, change the blending mode to lighten. This will make the whole image too bright.

Step 4: Creating a Mask

Create a layer mask, and paint over the sky using a black brush. This will hide the clouds which makes them the original brightness. The ground will be the only part which is lightened. Then, use a smaller softer brush to fill in the areas between the sky and the mountains.

Use a white brush to uncover any mistakes on your mask. Adjust the opacity to change the brightness of the image to get it perfect.

Step 5: Removing Noise

Sensor dust can cause interference in your photo. To do this, zoom in and use plugins such as Noiseware professional. The default settings are normally ok with this, and you can see exactly what it will do.