New Heights: How to Edit Mountain Photos

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New Heights: How to Edit Mountain Photos

Did you know that the number of hikes Americans took in 2020 increased by over 171%? All of those hikes lead to many mountain photos, with some being much better than others.

Sometimes the difference between amazing and forgettable mountain photography comes down to the editing. Are you photographing mountains but not getting the end result that you want?

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Mt. Mapalad climb | Hiking during pandemic | Michael's Hut

The following guide will explain everything you need to know about editing mountain photos like a pro. Read on and discover how to make your landscape photography stand out from the pack!

Improve Colors in Mountain Photos

Consider modifying hues to enhance the colors in your mountain photography. For example, you could shift greens towards cyans to make the photo appear more emerald and less yellow.

Try shifting yellow and orange hues to the left for sunrise and sunset photos. This will help bring out the reds in your mountain photo and make it much more eye-catching.

You can adjust blues and cyans to make the sky darker and help clouds pop in your photo. Some editing software has a polarizing filter that will give the same desired effect.

Keep in mind that your photo’s saturation increases when you darken colors. Find the saturation tab and lower it after darkening to help keep your other colors the same.

Enhancing Detail

Try decreasing the highlights slider to give more detail to the sky in your photo. Next, increase the shadow slider to brighten your foreground. Try reducing black colors from your photo after adjusting the shadows so that it doesn’t look washed out.

Slightly increase the contrast and vibrance sliders to give your photo a bit more color after completing the previous steps. Finally, increase the clarity slider for edge contrast and reduce your photo’s softness.  

Composition Editing

Composition involves the arrangement of different elements included in your photo. Try to capture the right composition when you’re first taking a picture of a mountain landscape. But know that you can also adjust it afterward if you don’t get it perfect.

The Cropping tool lets you check and adjust the leading lines and general layout of your photo. The warp tool is another way to fix photo composition by dragging and fine-tuning the edges.

Remove and Change the Background

Using a background remover on your mountain photo is a great way to make a unique flyer or other interesting graphics. You can even swap out the sky to change the atmosphere. For example, change the sky above your mountains to stars and galaxies.

You can replace a cloudy sky with a blue sky or even change day to night in your mountain photography. Consider using Photoshop’s Magic wand Tool or the Sky Replacement tool and unleash your creativity.

Ready for Great Mountain Photos?

Now you know a few easy tips to enhance your mountain photos. Remember to tweak hues appropriately and enhance relevant details in your photo. There are lots of mountain photos, but you can control how to bring your unique shot to life!

Check out our Howtos category for more amazing tips and fascinating information.

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