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Hello hello hello! Here I am again, right here on Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider, I’m Dave Williams and you’ll find me here every Tuesday – you lucky, lucky people!

This week I’m coming at you hard and fast with a top tip on improving what may otherwise be a ‘bog standard’ sunset shot that uses just one simple process, one layer, and three adjustments. Let’s go!

First off, load up your sunset shot into Adobe Photoshop. I’ve gone for a ‘bog standard’ one that I shot a couple of years ago in London’s Docklands.

Next up, on the Adjustments Panel on the right select the Channel Mixer.

In there you’ll notice that the Layers Panel takes care of itself and you are able to adjust the Red, Green and Blue Channels.

One tip at this point for any future use of this tool is that ideally your Total should add up to 100% with whatever setting you make in order to maintain a balanced colour.

In this panel to give our sunset some oomph we can change the Red to 200%, the Green to -50%, and the Blue to -50%.

That’s it. Literally that is it. The red tones have had a punch and the overall sunsetty feel (definitely the correct professional term) is enhanced enough to have made a positive impact but not so much that it has become unrealistic.

There are of course plenty of other things we can do to make this image more presentable, and now we’ve got the tones right we can get to work on it.

I hope you found the useful, it’s a very quick and easy tip with a great impactive affect! Here’s a side by side for comparison: –

As always, feel free to aim your questions my way and show me how you get on!

Much love


Hello, everybody! It’s that time of the week again, right here on ScottKelby.com, where the blog moves across the pond to London, UK, where I will share with you another of my pearls of wisdom from the world of travel photography. Thank you all for your comments and feedback from my previous posts, I really appreciate it and love to hear from you on #HybridDaveTuesdays. Today, I’m actually in Germany’s Black Forest looking for castles to shoot—you can keep up with my progress through my social links down at the bottom of the page.

This week’s post draws from a nifty trick I like to use in landscapes, and it’s all because when I travel I often find myself with too many scenes I want to shoot and not enough golden hours to shoot them all! The suggestion of landscape photography casts fear into the minds of a whole host of photographers. The art of landscape photography requires skill, patience, dedication, and usually long and unsocial hours. Composing, selecting the scene, the time of day, the lighting conditions, it can all seem a little too much of an overload for some, but you can improve almost any scene with this little hack.

I like to portray my photos as my vision of what I see at the time in my mind’s eye. The phrase I match to this, which I think represents the idea quite well is “lend me your eyes and I’ll show you what I see.” Essentially, I want people to see my memory of the scene, and I want that memory to be epic! If I see highlights or spots of light in the scene, I want to portray that in the final image.

This quick tip will arm you with the skills to draw the viewer’s eye to exactly the parts of the image you want them to be drawn to, it will add a depth to your image, and it will add somewhat of a romantic element to the lighting in most cases, as well. It’s a technique I use a lot, and it can be applied in Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Lightroom alike.

When you process your photo, consider painting in some extra light with the Adjustment Brush. It’s as simple as selecting the Adjustment Brush, pumping the Exposure slider up from anywhere between 0.5 and 2 over, depending on what fits your shot, and drawing over selective areas of your image. When I use it, I quite often use the Clarity slider, as well, to add a little edge to the retouched areas, drawing the viewer’s eye in further. It’s a technique I use all the time, and if you don’t already, I strongly implore you to consider it and try it out!

Here’s a relatively plain shot, from somewhere in the middle of Arizona, to show the results of just a little tweak with this method in Adobe Camera Raw.

This is straight out of my camera.

This is after the first retouch with sliders.

This is after painting in some light on the cactus and dotting around in the foreground.

For this edit, I had my Adjustment Brush set to +0.95 Exposure and +44 Clarity.

I hope this tip is valuable to you—I posted about it because it’s such a valuable element of my process. Let me know how you get on!

Much love,