Thomas Heaton is a travel and landscape photographer based in Northeast England. The photographer took to his YouTube channel with an audience of over 300,000 subscribers to share a tutorial on how to improve your landscape photography using Lightroom.
Heaton dives right into Lightroom editing his first photo of the video – one of his own photos of some snow-capped mountains in Scotland. The image looks gorgeous, but Heaton decides to bring down the highlights a bit in the clouds to show off the sunrise. He starts out by applying a graduated filter but notices one portion of the sky is still much brighter than the other.
To combat this, he goes into the Range Mask tool in the graduated filter toolbar and activates the Luminance Mask. There, he is able to target only the brightest parts of the image and get a more even tone across the sky. He is also able to seamlessly blend the darks and lights of the sky to get a more natural look by increasing the amount of Smoothness across the mask.
Did you know about the Range Mask and Luminance Masking tool? Do you use this tool in your general editing workflow? Do you have additional tips that could help landscape photographers who may be tackling similar images? Sound off in the comments below!