So here's another photo from Lake Tahoe. I shot this at a different time, kind of in the same spot, but not really in a different place. But what I wanted to show you here is really, really important. So as you can see, here's my composition. So we have a beautiful landscape we have a beautiful scenery, we have the horizon here, we have this three patterns of rocks that kind of create the triangle to invite you into the photo. So your eye immediately goes into this big rock then goes into this rock then kind of goes into the horizon and coming back this way into this rocks, or it also works the other way around.
So this rock is very, very important to this composition. So since I have the habit of making of creating my photos with a crooked horizon, obviously, my eyes are crooked. We're, we're not arguing that. So let's straighten it out and let me show you what I mean. So if I straighten this out, this horizon out, I'm going to be cutting off some of this rock. And as you can see, the composition looks goofy.
When I shot this, obviously, I shot it so fast that I didn't really get this rock in. And that's going to happen, you know, from time to time, it just happens you almost get it but you don't quite get it. So let me reset the crop. And let's let me show you a different way of doing this so you don't cut off this rock. So let me show you the settings first and foremost. We shot this at one 80th of a second.
F nine is 100 so f nine, I really wanted to just focus on this rocks, but f nine give us enough depth that we got everything in focus one eighth of a second I was in a tripod, and the sun was about to set. So I set this down, shot it and then I have to run across this hill to catch the sunset. So I think that's what happened. And that's why I didn't properly give enough room for this rock, for me to stretch my horizon or even if it was straight, this is not enough room for the rock to kind of kind of be with the whole composition. So I will click the out of the information. And now let me show you So here we're going to lens corrections.
We're going to remove chromatic aberration and enable profile corrections, because you see that the rug gets cut off even worse. But now see this manual. Well, let me let me uncheck that. And so this manual box right here, we'll click on that and now we're going to distort it on distort it manually. And what that does is stretches out the image just enough for me a little bit more, just enough for me to not come crop it. Straighten the horizon out.
And now I can bring all sides and now I will get out of this and look at that. Now I still have the room my horizon is straight in I still have now I now created enough room to create my composition. And now you can even crop that in more if you want. Which I don't think that it's a bad idea, I actually think it looks really, really nice. Either way works. So you will have a lot of this photos and you won't know, you know, sometimes you almost nailed it, but it's little things.
So I'm just telling you that there are ways for you to get creative and save, save, save today. I like this one for the sake of the tutorial of the editing, I'm going to leave this big. So now, just so you remember will, instead of enabling profile corrections, automatically, we go to manual and then we we distort it by ourselves. And then we can come to the crop tool. Now the third quick, easy tips that it's taken me a long time to learn. So they're really good to know and they're really good to have in your toolbox.
Okay, so now we can actually get started on the editing. So first things first We'll come down to our basic panel. And now we're going to open up our shadows just a tad. I really love the screens that this water does greens and blues that this water has. I'll bring that down a little bit and I'm going to bring my contrast up just to make it a little punches. See how when you bring the contrast up, it just gives it that punch that extra just what what is missing, I like to say often that looks really nice.
Now next thing I want to do is I did a blog my my highlights quite a bit. Obviously, I didn't mean to do this, I was just in a rush. That's why you should never rush in landscape photography. But you know us as photographers that we are we want to catch it all and we often want to get more than a couple pictures. So let's bring down our highlights. And try to get some of that back.
As you can see, I brought him back on All the way and that I brought most of the back out, which is really nice. I think it looks really good. Now I will bring this vibrance slider up just to bring the blue side and the greens in the water. And I think that looks really really nice. And now I can mess with my temperature slider, since I can see a little bit of the photo a little bit more, so you can warm it up, or you can make it cooler. Or you can leave it let me reset that.
So I want to warm it up just a tad, since the sun is coming from that way. And I think that looks really nice. Now as you can see on this rock, it's a little bit blown out. So let me bring down let me just see what that does. Okay, so that could work. Let me reset that.
I don't want to do that. Let's use one of our local adjustments. And this is a A graduated filter, and we're going to draw this and our sky to right above the horizon line. Now I'm going to click the exposure twice to reset it or whatever slider or you can simply click the effect or twice. And now we're going to bring the exposure down. And what this is doing this is x this is exposing giving me the sky a little bluer, and exposing more of this clouds that I had a blown out when I shot the photo.
See, that's why I always like to under expose it to expose through my highlights I tried here, but obviously it didn't happen too. But I think that looks nice. Maybe bring it up a little bit. And if you press your old key, you can see what you're actually correcting. And that looks really good. It starts to fade off right here.
So that looks really nice. We'll close out of that. And I think that looks really good. Let's Before and after press or Waikiki. There's before and there's after. As you can see, we brought it out to we brought it back to life.
It's nice and colorful, we can see our water we can see through the water. But let's keep going with it. So we can bring our whites down a little bit or we can bring him up, I just want to see what it does. So bring the Option key down. And then according to the computer, this would be correct. And now let me reset that and say still like him off better.
So we're not gonna worry about those. Now you can bring the blocks down a little bit and and I don't like that either. So I'm going to reset that and just leave that alone. Now what I can do is I want to bring the clarity up just a tad on this one. Just to bring the the rocks, the texture on the rocks just out a tad more. And I think a plus 10 looks really good.
So although daytime photos, daytime daytime landscape photos are not ideal, you can see that you can create some stunning images. If you're doing if you're there, if you're at the right place at the right time the lighting is nice is lighting up all these rocks correctly. Let me straighten out this horizon just a tad more, maybe right there. We'll close out of that. And I think that looks good. Now let's bring out this rock a little more.
And we're going to use this Radial Filter. So we'll click on the Radial Filter, we'll click the effect word twice. And that will draw an oval around these rocks. Just like so. Now we'll bring this down just a bit and then we We'll do the same here. We'll just click and drag.
And that will bring this down a little bit. And I'm just creating a little bit more shadows and just exposing this a little bit better. Now we'll get out of that. And I think that looks really nice. Now here, there's one last thing I would like to do this, and we're going to use another graduated filter. Now I'm going to draw this from this corner down, because this is where the sunlight is coming from.
So as you can see, we have this golden tan or this golden color. What are the the sunlight is hitting this rocks, so I just want to make that a little bit more golden. So when I draw this graduated filter, I just want to bring my yellows down my temperature gauge towards the yellow little bit and don't be afraid to like bring it all the way. See that's too much. But then you can do it right there and check it and see if you like it. So here's before, there's after, before, after, and I like it, it gives it that golden tone to the image.
So we'll close out of that. This is our basic panel. Let's close out of that. And I think the photo looks really, really good. Now this is shot of F nine. That's right, f nine.
So I don't think there's any sensor spots. I can't see any. Go ahead and check for some visualized spots right here. I can't see any I think it looks really, really nice. So now we'll come back to our detail panel. sharpen it up about 6870.
And now click our masking option key down. And remember what's White is being sharpened. What's black is being left alone. And here you just want to sharpen up the rocks. That's really all I'm after. I think that looks really good.
And I think that looks really nice. As you can see, we, this image kind of came a long way. So let's click there before and after. There's before and there's after. So as you can see, we created this beautiful golden tone on our rocks. That kind of shows that the sun is setting on the left of the of the photo which drain of the horizon.
We own worked it and we didn't lose any of our compensation. We kept the rocks, rocks and this rock here gives this one balance so you can keep your we're able to keep all this all these rocks and all this composition. And I really liked it. I'm very, very pleased with this photo.