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I had way too many requests that I couldn't ignore last week when I showed you my photos from Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas Nevada.  So for all you that requested it...here you go!

First, as always, we need to start with a good histogram and well exposed image.  The first photo has very little contrast but a very good starting point.  There is plenty of data to work with, especially from a RAW file, it just needed to be moved around.

Red Rock Canyon, Before Editing Red Rock Canyon

The second I thought was a complete goner.  Unfortunately it was overexposed, skies almost gone with cloud cover and a histogram pushed way to far to the right.  Check out the video to see how I created both of these images...enjoy!

Red Rock Canyon, Before Editing Red Rock Canyon

The key to making great skies is starting with a little bit of blue and when taking the photo keep your back to the sun.  The sky will be darker in that direction, giving you a starting point.  Then in Lightroom open the HSL panel, go to Luminance, and use the color picker to adjust the blue to your desired brightness.  If you want to tweak it even more you can use the Hue portion of the panel and tweak the blue shade to get it perfect.

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+1 # Clair Matthews 2011-08-25 17:37
Thanks Greg - It's great you took the time to explain to us clearly & slowly how it's done. Sadly I don't have any photos like yours to try your technique out on, but I'm sure I will one day :o)

Clair

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0 # Gary Thursby 2011-08-26 00:31
Love those shots and the video G. Dang Greg you could proably write a whole book on how to use Lightroom alone! Mad skills! Oh what do you think of DXO Optics Pro editing software? Have you ever used it?
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+1 # Gregory Cazillo 2011-08-26 09:38
Quoting Gary Thursby:
Love those shots and the video G. Dang Greg you could proably write a whole book on how to use Lightroom alone! Mad skills! Oh what do you think of DXO Optics Pro editing software? Have you ever used it?

Never used it, for now I like to keep it simple and use Lightroom...
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+1 # Rassi Borneo 2011-08-26 12:39
Greg, Really enjoyed this tutorial - especially the black and white photo. You were able to make it look like it was processed with an HDR program, all in Lightroom! Nicely done,

-Rassi
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0 # Michel 2011-08-26 17:06
I do not have lightroom but i'm gonna try your technique on Camera raw.
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0 # Ved Prakash Upadhyay 2011-08-27 08:40
thanks for sharing post processing tips Greg!
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0 # melvin 2012-05-10 11:03
Excellent Tutorial, Greg. Would love to see some post processing for portraits also.
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0 # Gel 2012-08-05 09:29
Thanks SOOOO much for this. It gave me some really great tips and ideas. I've now gone and edited a whole load of my photos and am feeling incredibly proud of the results. :)
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0 # Adriano 2013-04-01 12:04
Wow! Thanks Greg!!! I learned a lot from this video! I am really excited not to try it.
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0 # Herb Lapp 2014-10-18 14:17
I just used Corel to enhance fall foliage ...it worked magic of foliage shot. Your color shot of the rocks above with the edited black & white below make me wonder. The color shot shows what you & the camera actually saw. However, the enhanced is lovely but it doesn't reflect the reality. Leaning to editing as a way to polish by removing glitches but struggling at pushing the image way beyond what the eye sees..... photography? or art?.
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