How I Edit: Verrazano in Fog

Everything looks better in fog when you’re trying to shoot epic photography. But the smokey, mysterious images you see on a news feed or a print aren’t always what’s shot on camera. A significant amount of editing is usually needed to bring out the highlights and darken the shadows to get those beautiful contrasts out of the photo.

Here’s a sneak peak into some of the editing I do on Adobe Lightroom. This particular one made it onto Lightroom’s featured front page.

You can follow the edits I made setting by setting using this interactive page on Adobe Lightroom here:

  1. You don’t need to make drastic changes to exposure or other light settings to get the most out of your photo
  2. Dehazing photos taken in fog can go a long way, but dehazing too much can ruin the photo by darkening shadows too much and eliminating highlights from clouds
  3. Vignetting is great for focusing your audience’s attention to the center subject of the photo. In this case I used a radial gradient to squeeze the focus in to the center.

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