How to Edit Travel & Landscape Photos


Nature is big, colorful, and full of wonderful details. But capturing all that beauty with just a camera is tough. We’ve all seen amazing travel and landscape photos, so how do they do it?

With the magic of Lightroom and Photoshop!

Washed out sky? Replace it with one full of clouds and color. Ground too dark? Fix exposure and rescue those details. Want a landscape that’s truly epic? Create a panorama that shows off all the grandeur that nature has to offer. Learn all this, and much, much more!


  • 22 Sample Images
  • 1 Photoshop Action


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 | Introduction
  • 01 - What You'll Learn
Chapter 2 | Tools & Techniques
  • 01 - Adobe Lightroom
  • 02 - Adobe Camera RAW
Chapter 3 | Landscape Examples
  • 01 - Color & Exposure Adjustment
  • 02 - Remove Spots in LR and PS
  • 03 - Dehaze in LR and PS
  • 04 - Creating an HDR
  • 05 - Combining a Panorama
  • 06 - Swapping a Sky

Powerful Landscapes, Natural Look

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How to Edit Landscape Photos

Our cameras can’t capture nature quite like our eyes can. That’s where software tools like Lightroom and Photoshop can help! Learn how to fix exposure, rescue details, color grade, and even create your own HDR and panoramic images.

Nature & Travel Photography

Travel and landscape photography is a craft all its own. We show you how to approach editing these images with a focus on composition, simplicity, and natural, realistic adjustments.

Fix Exposure

The sun is an important part of landscape photography, often informing how we capture light and colors in our images. But, since it’s such a bright and powerful light source, it can pose some problems as well. Learn how to balance out exposure, dialing down the brightness of the sky, while lightening the shadows of the ground below.

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Lightroom & Photoshop

Lightroom and Photoshop have powerful tools designed to help image makers of all types. From RAW adjustments, to HDR and panorama, to compositing, learn how to use each to enhance your nature and landscape photos! We also recommend learning Lightroom for Desktop & Mobile, the perfect addition to the travel photographer’s toolkit.

Rescue Color & Details

Sunset photo didn’t come out quite how you remember it? We show you how to enhance colors and rescue details, for beautiful sunsets, sunrises, and landscapes that look like you’re there.

Cropping & Composition

Crooked horizons and off-balance composition can take away from an otherwise wonderful landscape image. Learn how to use tools in both Lightroom and Photoshop to adjust composition and straighten horizon lines, helping the subjects of your images stand out.

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Big Skies & Grand Vistas

Whether it’s the wallpaper on your new computer, or all the photos you see while browsing Instagram, beautiful travel and landscape photos are everywhere. Learn how to create your own eye-catching images, showing off nature how it’s meant to be seen.

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Advanced Techniques

When the basics don’t cut it, it’s time to bring out the advanced tools and techniques. Learn how to replace a sky with Photoshop compositing, add precision adjustments with luminosity blending (Blend If), and add shape and dimension to a landscape with professional dodging and burning. After this, try Mastering Luminosity Blending to level up your skills!

Remove Haze

Fog and clouds can sometimes obscure the subject and details in our landscape images. Learn how to reduce and remove haze using tools in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

Basic Adjustments

There are some simple adjustments that can help improve almost any photograph. From exposure, to white balance, to saturation, we show you how to make subtle edits to the light and color of an image for a more balanced look.

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Stunning HDR

HDR stands for high-dynamic range, and it’s a method of combining multiple exposures of a scene to create images with beautiful detail throughout the highlights, midtones, and shadows. Learn how to blend overexposed and underexposed photos together for detailed skies and rich landscapes. Want to master HDR? Try How to Create a Manual HDR!

Epic Panoramas

Sometimes a scene just can’t be crammed into a 16:9 or 3:2 aspect ratio. If you want an ultrawide view of a landscape, we show you how to stitch multiple photos together for a truly epic scene.

Landscape Photography Tips

All of the included RAW photos were photographed by Aaron Nace, allowing him to provide valuable tips and insight into how he photographed each image. While the course is focused mostly on the post-processing, you can still learn a bit about how to capture travel and landscape photos with your camera.

Epic HDR & Panorama

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Edit RAW Images

RAW will help you get the absolute most out of your landscape images. Master the tools within Adobe Camera RAW within both Lightroom and Photoshop to correct common issues, and enhance the color and lighting. New to RAW? Learn all about RAW processing in Adobe Camera RAW.

Keep it Natural

Raise the contrast. Crank up the saturation. It can be easy to overdo landscape photo edits. We show you how to get impressive results using only subtle and natural-looking adjustments.

Color Grade Landscapes

Lush, green forests. Snowcapped mountaintops. Sunsets of blue and gold. Nature provides a lot of wonderful color to work with as we edit. Learn how to make the most out of it using the coloring tools in Lightroom and Photoshop.

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Blue Skies to Warm Sunsets

We show you how to analyze landscape photos, and then make subtle adjustments to enhance all of the natural lighting and details in each scene.

Replace a Sky

When you expose an image to capture all the detail and color in the ground, the sky can turn out overexposed and washed out. Learn how to replace the sky in outdoor scene, adding color and detail for a balanced landscape image.

Professional Portfolios or Travel Blogs

These techniques will help you improve and enhance any landscape or travel photos. Whether you’re a pro landscape photographer, a travel blogger, or you just want your vacation photos to look great, we can help you get there.

Class Instructor

Aaron Nace

PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor

Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.

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  1. Your are making my edits day by day better….ur learning style is interesting and didn’t feel any boredom.

  2. I really enjoyed this tutorial. I found it very interesting. I prefer landscape photography so now I want to replace some skies. Thanks Aaron!!

  3. This was fantastic.

  4. I learned a lot from this course. Thank you 🙂

  5. Very good course on editing travel and landscape photos! I very much liked the class on how to replace a sky using Photoshop. Maybe not useful for a Pro, but at my level this class was perfect to get me started along the path to having a better sky. This course also provided me with with new tips, techniques and ideas to make my landscape and travel photos standout. Really appreciate all the time and effort Aaron puts into making these courses.

  6. Everything I’ve learnt about Photoshop is from Aaron. Thank you 🙂

  7. Thanks Aaron. Another great course. Take care and stay safe during this difficult time.

  8. Phlearn is the best photo learning site that i could find on a long time! This landscape´s tutorial is one of the easiest and better option to master this kind of photography. Thanks Aaron and all the stuff!

  9. I’m not too inclined to write reviews, but this tutorial deserves a big thumb up It’s one of the best things I have seen. Aaron is really so good at explaining the real important things about landscape photography. I really love this.

  10. Love the tutorial, but video about “replace a sky” was for me too much information.

  11. Good Course but it is more of a beginners course then a PRO course.

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