Cliff Grass and Black Rock

The original.

There are so many creative possibilities in software it’s hard to know where to draw the line, and it’s all to easy to over-process. It’s very subjective, and rightly so. What works for one person can leave others distinctly unimpressed.

Making localised tonal adjustments with Lightroom’s Adjustment Brush.

There are some things that are usually best avoided: over-sharpening, over-saturation, awkward cropping, muddy tonal processing, unrealistic skies, and so on. Some global adjustments can harm the tonal balance of an image so it’s typically best to use tools to target specific areas, as the image above illustrates.

Just a few steps back from the cliff the rocks had been turned black by the sea.

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