Sunrises and sunsets never get old to me. Every single sky is different. Since showing so many sunrises and sunsets, I have been asked if I am using any sort of HDR. Well, no, I’m not. Am I editing to appear a little HDR? Yes.
Here is a straight out of camera image for comparison (below is the edited version)
First, you need to see the light. You have to know what angles to shoot – I go over how to get great straight out of camera images in my book — Photography E Book Here
In PhotoShop, I do enhance a bit, as everyone should. My camera is set to factory settings which are a touch dull.
When I edit landscapes, I simple selectively add some contrast in the midtones, but I also play in the Shadows/Highlights window in PhotoShop. I usually make layers and adjust different areas, erasing back where I want less enhancement. I will be showing some editing videos in the future (when I have a moment in my busy schedule to record them). I also dodge and burn a bit to taste. Here’s the thing. I was a painter back in the 90s. I have always been a painter. I used to paint portraits and landscapes in my early years, so when I work in PhotoShop, for me, I simply paint on different layers. That’s my process.
Years ago, I happened upon HDR software just like everyone and started to use it and wowing myself, until I realized how awful it truly looks and I backed away slowly! haha! It’s better to not apply any editing to an entire image, but to portions only as needed – just like painting.