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Landscape Workflow

I enjoy taking landscape and cityscape photos, and use a range of different tools to achieve some of my photos. With that in mind I thought there might be value in explaining my workflow, and what I find works best for me to get the best out of my images. This post largely focuses on software and editing, but the gear I most commonly I use is my Nikon D610 and the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 lens.

The various programs I use are listed in the table below, in addition to a description of what I use them for, and their purpose. It should be noted that I don't always use all of these in any given photo but as a general rule they all feature in my overall workflow. Lightroom I tend to use an older version (LR6), Kolor Autopano Giga no longer exists, but the rest are still available as at the time of writing this post. The workflow runs top of the table to bottom of the table.

 

 

TitlePurposeDescription
LightroomDigital Asset ManagerPrimarily used to group and manage photos I currently have on my system, some basic photo editing and cropping, and to hand photos off to the various pieces of software, or plugins below.
Topaz DeNoise AINoise RemovalPrimarily used in my high ISO images where there is noise, or when I am capturing night photos and panoramas.
Kolor Autopano GigaImage Stitching ProgramAlthough no longer available, I still occasionally use Autopano Giga when I need to stitch a larger panorama which is comprised of multiple images. Typically these images have about 20 – 30% overlap between each image (and can often be exposure stacks) and Autopano Giga will stitch them into the one image which I can edit using the programs below (assuming the size of the image is not too large for these programs).

 

There are a few alternatives to Autopano Giga which include Affinity Photo, Microsoft ICE and KRPano.

Aurora HDR HDR EditorPrimarily used for my landscape photos to merge multiple exposures (exposure bracketing), or to improve the shadows and highlights within individual images. A lot of my landscape photos are HDR based images, although HDR can be VERY easy to overcook.
Luminar 4AI Powered Photo EditorLuminar 4 is used as the heart of my landscape workflow, I use a number of AI tools within Luminar 4 which include AI Enhance, AI Sky Enhancer, AI Sky Replacement (less often), AI Structure, as well as some of the more general editing tools.
Affinity PhotoAdvanced Photo EditorAffinity photo is primarily used in my workflow to clean up images, if I need to mask certain areas, remove items and so on. It is a non-subscription based advanced photo editor which is similar to Photoshop.
Topaz Sharpen AIAI Powered SharpenerTopaz Sharpen AI is used towards the end of my editing workflow often just to apply a general sharpen to the image, although this is not always needed.
JPEGMiniImage Size ReductionJPEGmini is used at the end of the process when I export or complete my projects in JPEG. This program reduces the image file size without changing the perceivable quality of the overall image.

I hope giving an idea of the software I use, and where it fits in the workflow has been of some use. As always if you have questions about this feel free to contact me using the Contact Me page, or send me a message on Social Media.

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