This part of the episode occurs in Lightroom. The feature we use is called “Dehaze” and is a brand new addition for Lightroom CC 2015. Be sure to update your program if you aren’t seeing it.
Go to the Develop Module and scroll down to Effects. When you click on that section, you will see a Dehaze slider. Sliding this to the left will add more haze, and sliding it to the right will remove the haze. It’s that simple! It really is amazing how quick and easy this process is!
Also, be aware that this tends to add some odd Saturation or Color to the image, since so much correction happens when you remove haze. To fix this, you will most likely need to play with the Colors and saturation a little bit. In this case, we chose to decrease the Saturation to make the Colors look more realistic. We also warmed the temperature up quite a bit because it was much too blue after the dehazing.
This second section of the episode occurs in Photoshop. To complete the technique, create a New Layer and fill it with 50% gray (Shift + Delete and fill with gray). Then, go to Filter – Render – Difference Clouds. You will get a funky looking Black and White layer that fills your image. Here is where Blend Modes come in handy!
The Screen Blend Mode makes all of the darks in an image disappear. If you are a Phlearn follower, you should have this down by now! 🙂 So, change the Blend Mode to Screen and you will see the blacks magically disappear.
The clouds that you see left will be just the whites. You can now Transform these to be as big or small as you’d like, and use Layer Masks to paint in specific areas.