In this short 12-minute video, you will see how you can get beautiful contrast effects in a landscape shot. This technique works best in pictures with a wide viewing angle, and is also suitable for photographs with large rocks or objects in the foreground. Also, the author wants to show an easy way to create vignettes and restore details in shadows and highlights, to demonstrate the effect of selective sharpness.
?The translation is made on the basis of a lesson posted on the YouTube video portal, so we will do everything to make you understandable and easy to perform.
We will work on the overexposed (strongly clarified) areas in the image (sky, water surface), which were obtained from a long exposure at the time of the creation of this image. By the way, the effect of “blurring” of moving water and clouds is also obtained as a result of prolonged exposure. In simple terms, shutter speed (also known as shutter speed value) is the amount of time your camera takes a single shot.
So let’s get started!
Open the image in Photoshop. Make a copy of the layer (Ctrl +J) and, since we will use filters, convert the copy layer into a smart object Convert to Smart-Object (Convert to smart object).
author’s note: if you use filters on a layer with a smart object, you can always edit the filter settings if you need it.
Now go to Image – Adjustments – Shadow / Highlights (Image – Correction – Shadows and lights) in order to display the maximum amount of detail in highlights and shadows and apply the settings, as in the screenshot. After working with the settings Shadow / Highlights (Image – Correction – Shadows and light), you can easily give photos the effect of HDR.
Note: You can read more about how to apply the Correction of Light and Shadow in this lesson.
Now let’s create an adjustment layer. Black / white (Black and white) to give the photo more contrast (for the most part, to the objects in the foreground), as well as to identify the details of the image and apply the specified settings.
Create a new adjustment layer Gradient map (Gradient map) with a black and white gradient, as in the screenshot (author’s note: with this adjustment layer we will add contrast to the background of the photo). Change the blending mode of this adjustment layer to Soft light (Soft light). After this operation, the contrast will become more noticeable. To soften the effect, you can reduce Opacity (Opacity) this is layer up 50%.
Now let’s create a new adjustment layer. Levels (Levels) and quite a bit dim light shades. Thus, we will increase the amount of light in the foreground.
Go ahead. Create a vignette effect for our photo. We take advantage of the adjustment layer Solid color (Color) and fill it with black. Next, use the tool Elliptical Marque Tool (Oval region) and create the same oval region as in the picture (for its editing you can use Transform selection (Transform the selected area)). Next, go to the mask adjustment layer and apply the key combination Alt + del. Double click on the layer mask, we will get to the mask editing window. If you move the slider Feather (Feather), then we will see how the black edges begin to blur. Let’s change the shading radius to your taste (The author used the value in 260 px). Change the blending mode of this layer to Soft light (Soft light), thus creating an even greater contrast.
Merge all layers into one (Alt +Shift +Ctrl +E) and apply a white layer mask. Now go to Filter Gallery – Artistic – Paint Daubs (Filter Gallery – Artistic – Oil Painting). This filter will give your photos a bit of sharpness. Next, create a new layer in the filter gallery and go to Filter Gallery – Distort – Diffuse Glow (Gallery of filters – Distortion – Diffuse glow). Using the specified filter settings, add photos of the glow.
Now go to Image – Apply Image (Image – External channel) and apply these settings on layer mask to layer Layer 0 copy (as it is named by the author).
Now we got the very result we were aiming for!
I hope you enjoyed this small lesson and you will achieve excellent results.