The Beginner’s Guide to Travel Photo Editing


Take your travel photos to the next level! This tutorial merges the power of Lightroom and Photoshop with cutting-edge AI tools. Discover the best techniques for recovering detail in hazy photos, breathing new life into even the most challenging landscapes.

Plus, we’ll show you how to create HDR images using bracketed exposures to ensure you never miss a detail. Explore the world of AI editing to streamline your workflow and unlock creative possibilities. Best of all, to solidify your learning, you’ll get a whopping 87 RAW files to practice your newfound editing skills on!


  • 87 RAW Files
  • 3 Sample TIFFs


Table of Contents

1 | Course Preview
  • 01 - What You’ll Learn
2 | Tools & Techniques
  • 01 - Importing & Merging Images
  • 02 - Beyond HDR
  • 03 - Your Skills in Action
  • 04 - Level Up with AI

Epic Views. Easy Edits.



Getting Started in Lightroom

Learn how to use Adobe Lightroom to process your RAW images, make color and exposure adjustments, and finalize your images all in one powerful application.

Importing & Selecting Your Images

In this tutorial we’ll guide you through importing your photos into Lightroom, then we’ll teach you the art of picking and choosing the best images to move forward with in the editing process.

Combining Multiple Images

Want to capture every detail in your photos, from sun-drenched highlights to hidden shadows? HDR (High Dynamic Range) is your secret weapon! By merging multiple exposures, HDR creates stunning images with perfect light and shadow balance. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to use Lightroom’s HDR tool to achieve this effect and take your photography to the next level!



Edit RAW Images

RAW will help you get the absolute most out of your landscape images. This tutorial includes 87 RAW images, to help you practice your editing skills in a variety of lighting conditions and landscapes. With so many examples, you’ll be a landscape editing pro in no time!

Non-destructive Editing

Ditch the fear of editing! Non-destructive editing lets you experiment freely. Rewind to your original photo anytime and adjust edits on the fly. No more starting from scratch! In this tutorial, we’ll show you the best worry-free workflow to get the best results.

Sky Replacement with AI

Once we’re done showing you our top editing tricks, we’ll take your skills to the next level with AI sky replacement! Imagine swapping out dull skies for vibrant sunrises or dramatic sunsets, all with a few clicks. AI sky replacement lets you create the perfect mood and lighting, making your adventures truly shine.

Enhance Any Landscape

Rescue Lost Details

Sometimes, even a great shot can miss some of the magic. Photoshop offers a friendly helping hand to recover those hidden gems. We can unveil the intricate details in a rocky cliff face, or leafy textures dancing in sunlight.



Correct Exposure

Correcting exposure in Photoshop can transform your photos, revealing hidden details and creating a more harmonious image. Learn how to balance out exposure, dialing down the brightness of the sky, while lightening the shadows of the ground below.

Expand Your Images

Stuck with a landscape that just cuts off the amazing view? Photoshop’s Generative Expand is your magic portal to wider horizons! In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to unlock the hidden potential of your photos, letting you capture the entire breathtaking scene with just a few clicks!

Bring Colors Back to Life

Photos can sometimes lose their luster, leaving colors dull and details hidden. Learn how to use Photoshop and Lightroom’s tools to make your pictures pop with color and reveal details you never knew were there!



Creating Balanced Compositions

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

Interactive Learning

Being a PRO member means you get to practice your skills as you go! This PRO tutorial includes also 3 Sample TIFFs, so you can put your editing skills to the test on real image files and follow along with the tutorial step-by-step.

Next Level Skills

Now that you’ve learn the basics of landscape editing, it’s time to take things to the next level! Follow this link to access our in-depth PRO tutorial How to Edit Travel & Landscape Photos and master advanced editing techniques for stunning results.

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. Great stuff. Two things stuck out for me. I used to do a lot of HDRs but I never realized I could group them, then mass select and process the merges as a one click operation. That’s a fantastic time saver. Second, I just cleaned up a couple of hundred travel shots and … man I really wish I’d watched the last lesson about letting generative fill clean up an image for me beforehand, rather than handcrafting it myself. An aside about dust spots: you can greatly reduce dust spots by never, ever changing lenses with the camera on. The sensor’s a dust magnet when it’s on.

  2. Lots of stuff to learn, and Aaron explains it very well. Having him try (and fail) on a couple of AI ‘searches’ was great too. Thank you so much!

  3. Enjoyed not only the clearly presented information but appreciated the friendly way of delivering it. It feels like I’m in the same room. I’ve been following Phlearn since it was first set up and I can remember Aaron when he had long hair (and briefly, a man bun!)

  4. Learning from you is always a wonderful experience..

  5. Great tutorial! And Aaron, I love your humor! :)))))

  6. Great course. HDR and AI are fantastic tools I am just learning to use. Thanks a lot!

  7. Thanks Aaron. I shoot a lot of multiple exposure images for this reason and until now have had a hard time understanding how to edit well. It’s great the detail you go into and then make adjustments on your adjustments and basically keep it real. Thank you

  8. Brilliant tips. Sincerely enjoy your tutorials. Very easy to follow and to apply in my own processing. Thank you Peter Savage Qld Australia

  9. Aaron, I really like your edits. As you look at an image, you seem to be able to see what needs to be modified to give the image a more compelling representation. I wish I could see this, maybe with time, experience, ? ?

  10. Great look at some new techniques for me.

  11. Brilliant tutorials .. as always.

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