Tutorials - Editing Architecture Photos
During my travels I photograph a lot of cityscapes and architecture. My favorite time to do so is during blue hour. I just love the color contrast between the blue sky and the incandescent lights in the city when they reach an equilibrium. When I visited Venice some time ago I captured many such photos and in this photo editing tutorial I show you my complete post processing workflow for one of them, the photo I call Venice Blues
The complete tutorial is over 80 minutes in length. For a better viewing experience I split it into 12 sections. This way it's easy to revisit interesting parts of the photo editing workflow and to incorporate a selection of the techniques into the editing of your Architecture photos.
In those 12 parts I show you everything I did to arrive at the result you see in the photo above. The starting material looked like this - the straight out of camera raw without any settings applied. This should give you an idea what to expect from the tutorial.
After revisiting my in the field process for capturing this photo and talking about compositional considerations in the first video, I talk about the selection of photos I use for the edit.
Then I show the pre-processing in Lightroom, followed by my new creative workflow in Lightroom. I then continue in Photoshop with the blending of several photos before I show how I correct perspective distortions and cleanup the image. This is then followed by my workflow in Nik Color Efex and some Dodge and Burn to balance the image. Fine tuning of the colors concludes the creative photo editing in Photoshop.
After some work on details and sharpening in the Camera Raw filter, I show you how I prepare the photo for the web.
Prerequisites and Editing Software
This video tutorial is for the intermediate Lightroom and Photoshop user. I assume that you are roughly familiar with layers, masks, filters and adjustment layers. If not, I recommend watching my free tutorials first. On this site you will also find links to the plugins I use. If you have watched my other tutorials this is perfect and will make it easier to follow along, but it's not mandatory.
I use the latest version of Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop as of April 2022 in this tutorial. Having the latest versions, which are part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, is mandatory to follow along because I use many of the latest features. If you still use Photoshop CS6 and an older version of Lightroom, you can watch my older tutorials, where I still use those.
I also use some filters of the Nik Collection, which is available for free using the provided link. In the tutorial I show how to install it for the latest version of Photoshop.
To sharpen my photos for the web I use another free plugin, the Web Sharpener by Andreas Resch.
And to create Luminosity Masks I work with Lumenzia* by Greg Benz. He also has a free lite version of this plugin available, which you can use to follow along.
Buying the Tutorial
The complete tutorial is over 80 minutes long and can be purchased for 30 USD. This is a link to an automatic delivery system I've set up to make the purchase more comfortable for you. After you pay, you'll get a temporary download link to the tutorial.
You can contact me through the contact sheet on my homepage, if anything goes wrong with payment or download. If you don't have Paypal, that's also no problem. The shop supports credit cards. If nothing works for you, just contact me and we'll find another way.
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