Why Dodging and Burning Is (Still) the Best Way to Edit Your Landscape Photos

It took landscape photographer Mark Denney a while to get comfortable editing his photos using dodging and burning techniques. He admits that when he was a beginner, dodging and burning was something he often heard about, but always assumed was too complicated for him to try.

These days though he uses dodging and burning in Lightroom all the time and now calls it "the most powerful way to transform your landscape photos." In the below video, Denney discusses what doding and burning is, why it's important, and how to apply this technique to your landscape photos.

"There are multiple ways to dodge and burn your photos within Lightroom, all are great options, it just comes down to the individual photo and specific scenario you're trying to edit," Denney says. "Once I began practicing this new technique with my photos, I was quickly surprised by just how easy the concept was to understand and implement into my editing workflow. Dodging and Burning is one of those things that you don't really know what you're missing until you test it out and I hope this video enables you to feel more confident in doing just that. With a bit of practice, I'm certain that you'll be as surprised as I was with transformative power that dodging and burning can provide to your landscape photography."

Watch Denney's dodging and burning tutorial below and then go visit his YouTube channel for more great photo education videos.