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#LightroomStories: Top Editing Tips from Landscape Photographers Sean Byrne and Julien Mauve

For many amateur landscape photographers who dream of becoming professionals, it is essential to know that the creation of a beautiful photo is as much the process of retouching as the beauty of nature. To inspire them, we met Julien and Sean, two talented photographers based in France and the United Kingdom. They gave us their opinion on the best way to retouch a landscape photo in Lightroom CC and get the perfect shot.

Julien Mauve’s pro tips

Julien Mauve, an award-winning visual artist and photographer based in Paris, seeks to create cinematographic images that present his vision of the world. He explains how to create the perfect landscape photo, and how he uses Lightroom to perfect his work.

1. Stay true to your vision

‘I became a photographer because I wanted to tell stories, try to answer certain questions and communicate emotions through pictures. Photography can be used in many ways, and I chose a rather poetic approach.

There is no magic formula to take a good picture. Once you master the rules of photography, you can work around them or break them to create your own style. Find an original angle, get off the beaten path and wait for the perfect light!’

2. The editing is essential

‘I like working hard and taking a lot of shots. As a result, my projects can take months or even years to see the light of day, and some are even abandoned along the way. Before each project, I think and I make many attempts to find an aesthetic and an image colour that will best serve my purpose. That’s why retouching is an essential part of my job; I develop my photos as I go, leaving them to rest and mature. I come back many times before finding the right tone.

After development, I use Lightroom to organise my work. The Quick Collections feature allows me to easily group my photos. Then I use the notes and markers functions to organise and manage them. These tools are very effective and I use them every day.’

Sean Byrne’s pro tips

A self-taught British photographer, Sean has established himself as a specialist in landscape and travel photography. Armed with his iPhone he posted his images on Instagram since 2011 and has more than 129,000 followers. Today, it meets the photographic needs of customers and private companies.

Sean travels around the world, looking for striking photos. It uses the powerful features of Lightroom, accessible with the fingertips, to retouch photos wherever it is. He explains here how he creates a beautiful photo of travel or landscape that captures the attention of his followers and makes them want to come back to discover others.

1. Colour trips and striking landscapes

‘I like playing colours for my travel photos, and giving a deep atmosphere to my landscapes. At first, I mainly photographed landscapes and the transition to the travel picture turned out to be much more difficult than I thought. I went from photographs of spectacular landscapes to street clichés and compositions, which was totally new to me.

I try to make my photos cause a real emotion. For this, I share what I feel at the time of shooting, and I give the viewer the feeling that it could be in the photo. The use of guidelines contributes to the creation of this feeling, guiding the eye towards a strong point.’

2. Bring landscapes to life with Lightroom

‘The Tone Curve is an essential tool  that I use to create a specific rendition in my images. In fact, I use it with all the images I create. I also often use the Effects feature to add vignetting and draw the viewer to the center of the photo. Finally, as a landscape photographer, I appreciate being able to apply more or less subtle adjustments to certain parts of the photo, using the Graduated Filter tool. I often use filters at the time of shooting but it’s really handy to be able to add other filter effects during the post-production phase.’

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