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Sedona and Monument Valley

Photo By Garry Lester
Pro Critique
This is a striking example of dramatic rock and dramatic sky. One small improvement would be to show more detail in the deep shadows of the lower right. In the pre-computer day, balancing the sky with the dark pines and shadows of the foreground might be accomplished with a graduated neutral density filter. Such a filter can still help reduce the amount of after capture adjustment work. Without a grad filter, it’s preferable to choose an exposure that leans towards the clouds, but keeps the shadows as open as possible. That way, in the computer you can “burn” the clouds and “dodge” the shadows to arrive at a pleasing balance that retains as much detail as possible across the image. Rather a few cloud edges blow out a bit than the foreground plugs up.


Lightroom 2 Tip
Get Faster Output With Presets
To leverage the full benefits of the Slideshow, Print and Web modules, take the time to create your own custom presets. Start by applying the desired settings for your output, including taking advantage of the ability to apply your own custom branding to the output if desired. When everything is configured just the way you want it, click the "plus" button to the right of the Template Browser heading on the left panel. In the New Template dialog box, enter a meaningful name for your template, choose a folder (or create a new one) from the Folder pop-up, and click Create. In the future, creating output with the same style is simply a matter of choosing the images to use and then select your template from the Template Browser.

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