Overcoming Polarizing Filter Challenges: A Landscape Editing Tutorial

Photographers often face challenges when capturing landscapes using wide angle lenses combined with polarizing filters. This pairing can result in uneven sky exposure, creating distracting dark spots in photos. This helpful video tutorial will show you how to tackle the issue and create better photos. 

Coming to you from Christian Möhrle - The Phlog Photography, this insightful video delves into the common problem of dark spots in the sky, a frequent issue when shooting landscape photos with wide angle lenses and polarizing filters. Möhrle demonstrates how to fix these discrepancies using Lightroom Classic, starting with the basic adjustments like altering the exposure, highlights, shadows, and contrast to enhance overall image quality. He emphasizes the importance of fine-tuning texture and clarity, which adds sharpness and a unique atmospheric glow, particularly beneficial for mountain scenes. Understanding these techniques is vital for achieving desired aesthetic effects in various lighting conditions.

Möhrle uses targeted masks to either brighten the dark areas or darken the brighter parts of the sky, thus balancing the exposure. This method showcases the power of selective editing in photo enhancement, and thanks to Lightroom's new masking features, it's easier than ever. With a little bit of work, it makes a major difference in the final product. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Möhrle.

And if you really want to dive into landscape photography, check out our latest tutorial, "Photographing the World: Japan With Elia Locardi!" 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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