Serge Ramelli

Serge Ramelli

Serge Ramelli is a landscape and urban photographer with a passion for creating beautiful photos and inspiring others to do the same. He has published multiple coffee table books, over 15 technical books on photography, has pieces being sold in over 85 galleries around the world, and hosts a Lightroom YouTube channel with over 400,000 subscribers.

Learn how to create amazing and dramatic black and white photos in Lightroom! Join Serge Ramelli as he pays homage to the masters of B&W photography by teaching you his tips and tricks for creating compelling B&W photos. Serge shares his techniques for dodging and burning, working with high key B&W, creative uses for panoramic merging, converting high ISO images, creating and applying presets to save time, and so much more. Serge shares some of his own Lightroom presets to get you started.

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Learn how to create amazing and dramatic black and white photos in Lightroom! Join Serge Ramelli as he pays homage to the masters of B&W photography by teaching you his tips and tricks for creating compelling B&W photos. Serge shares his techniques for dodging and burning, working with high key B&W, creative uses for panoramic merging, converting high ISO images, creating and applying presets to save time, and so much more. Serge shares some of his own Lightroom presets to get you started.

Shooting photos at night can be challenging when you have a pitch-black sky and you have to crank up the ISO like crazy, but I’ll show you my workflow to deal with noise and dark areas. First of all, composition is key when you want to take a photo at night. Since part of your photo will be completely black, you need to find a good subject and be willing let some elements disappear into the darkness. For example, in this photo I wanted to show The Terminator view of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. You can see the Observatory, downtown LA in the background, and some of the sky, b...

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Shooting photos at night can be challenging when you have a pitch-black sky and you have to crank up the ISO like crazy, but I’ll show you my workflow to deal with noise and dark areas. First of all, composition is key when you want to take a photo at night. Since part of your photo will be completely black, you need to find a good subject and be willing let some elements disappear into the darkness. For example, in this photo I wanted to show The Terminator view of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. You can see the Observatory, downtown LA in the background, and some of the sky, b...

Learn how to create, nurture and grow your own YouTube channel with Serge Ramelli! Serge has the largest YouTube channel for Lightroom on the Internet, and he’s built it from the ground up. In this class Serge shares his 10 best tips for being successful on YouTube. You’ll learn the importance of publishing regularly and frequently, the gear you’ll need to publish, the most important elements of getting noticed and going viral, how to actually post your content, and so much more. Every artist has a voice, and YouTube is a fantastic way to grow your business and be successful!

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Learn how to create, nurture and grow your own YouTube channel with Serge Ramelli! Serge has the largest YouTube channel for Lightroom on the Internet, and he’s built it from the ground up. In this class Serge shares his 10 best tips for being successful on YouTube. You’ll learn the importance of publishing regularly and frequently, the gear you’ll need to publish, the most important elements of getting noticed and going viral, how to actually post your content, and so much more. Every artist has a voice, and YouTube is a fantastic way to grow your business and be successful!

I’ve taken a lot of photos over the years, and my favorite time of the day to shoot is at sunset. After shooting an incredible sunset, you may have been disappointed when it didn’t look amazing while you were processing it. That has happened to me too, but I found a workflow that will change your life and revive those dull sunsets that you’ve forgotten about. For this article, we’ll be using Lightroom Classic CC. This is a photo that I took at the El Matador State Beach in California. It was a great sunset, but the image that came out of the camera wasn’t anything like how I saw the suns...

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I’ve taken a lot of photos over the years, and my favorite time of the day to shoot is at sunset. After shooting an incredible sunset, you may have been disappointed when it didn’t look amazing while you were processing it. That has happened to me too, but I found a workflow that will change your life and revive those dull sunsets that you’ve forgotten about. For this article, we’ll be using Lightroom Classic CC. This is a photo that I took at the El Matador State Beach in California. It was a great sunset, but the image that came out of the camera wasn’t anything like how I saw the suns...

Over the last few months, there have been some updates to Adobe Lightroom that included the introduction of profiles. With the new updates, you can now use presets and profiles on your phone with Lightroom mobile! It’s a complete revolution because nowadays a lot of people do iPhone photography for social media. I want to show you how amazing this upgrade is and how fast it is to retouch your photos and have beautiful results! For this to work, you need to have version 1.4 of Lightroom CC (the cloud-based version), so you need to be a Creative Cloud member. First, Let’s Import Presets...

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Over the last few months, there have been some updates to Adobe Lightroom that included the introduction of profiles. With the new updates, you can now use presets and profiles on your phone with Lightroom mobile! It’s a complete revolution because nowadays a lot of people do iPhone photography for social media. I want to show you how amazing this upgrade is and how fast it is to retouch your photos and have beautiful results! For this to work, you need to have version 1.4 of Lightroom CC (the cloud-based version), so you need to be a Creative Cloud member. First, Let’s Import Presets...

This issue, I’m going to reveal some tips and tricks that I wish I knew when I first started retouching images in Lightroom. These are key elements that I use every day now, and they can be used by everyone from brand-new photographers to advanced photographers, because they’re super easy and super effective! Tip #1: Shoot in Landscape Mode for Your Panorama I used to shoot in portrait mode to create my panoramas, so I ended up with four or five photos to merge together, but it’s much easier if you shoot your panoramas in landscape mode like the images shown here. Tip #2: Use the P...

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This issue, I’m going to reveal some tips and tricks that I wish I knew when I first started retouching images in Lightroom. These are key elements that I use every day now, and they can be used by everyone from brand-new photographers to advanced photographers, because they’re super easy and super effective! Tip #1: Shoot in Landscape Mode for Your Panorama I used to shoot in portrait mode to create my panoramas, so I ended up with four or five photos to merge together, but it’s much easier if you shoot your panoramas in landscape mode like the images shown here. Tip #2: Use the P...

I want to show you a couple of different case studies on how to retouch portraits in Lightroom. The first is an environment portrait with a nice landscape in the background taken at sunset. The second is a close-up portrait with a completely different light situation. Hopefully, you’ll be able to take the following tips and apply them to your own portrait images. Environmental Portraits First, I want to work on this portrait of my good friend, Duncan. I really love to shoot portraits with beautiful landscapes in the background; it makes it feel like a scene from a movie. This retouch ...

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I want to show you a couple of different case studies on how to retouch portraits in Lightroom. The first is an environment portrait with a nice landscape in the background taken at sunset. The second is a close-up portrait with a completely different light situation. Hopefully, you’ll be able to take the following tips and apply them to your own portrait images. Environmental Portraits First, I want to work on this portrait of my good friend, Duncan. I really love to shoot portraits with beautiful landscapes in the background; it makes it feel like a scene from a movie. This retouch ...

The Personal Side of Serge Ramelli

with Serge Ramelli & Kalebra Kelby

Landscape and urban photographer Serge Ramelli sees art in the world around him. Being an artist and having creativity is all about putting beauty out in the world - with many different ways of how to express it. Serge himself expresses art both through his photography as well as through acting. In this in-depth interview with Kalebra Kelby, Serge shares stories of how he broke into the creative circle, his supportive family, and the dreams he is still pursuing. He strives to bring joy to life and continue to grow, along with helping others to do so as well. His ambition is inspiring and will motivate you to go after your own passions!

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Landscape and urban photographer Serge Ramelli sees art in the world around him. Being an artist and having creativity is all about putting beauty out in the world - with many different ways of how to express it. Serge himself expresses art both through his photography as well as through acting. In this in-depth interview with Kalebra Kelby, Serge shares stories of how he broke into the creative circle, his supportive family, and the dreams he is still pursuing. He strives to bring joy to life and continue to grow, along with helping others to do so as well. His ambition is inspiring and will motivate you to go after your own passions!

In this article, I’ll show you a cool trick to add depth to your images in Lightroom. Many people send me their photos so I can review them, and a common mistake I see in a lot of those photos is that too much drama has been added. With this photo taken in Paris, I want to show you how you can make a photo stand out without adding crazy drama that can look fake. With this photo, I made sure that I had a good composition. When you have nice lighting, such as a great sunrise or a beautiful sunset, try to find an interesting foreground element. In this example, the two city lights worked we...

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In this article, I’ll show you a cool trick to add depth to your images in Lightroom. Many people send me their photos so I can review them, and a common mistake I see in a lot of those photos is that too much drama has been added. With this photo taken in Paris, I want to show you how you can make a photo stand out without adding crazy drama that can look fake. With this photo, I made sure that I had a good composition. When you have nice lighting, such as a great sunrise or a beautiful sunset, try to find an interesting foreground element. In this example, the two city lights worked we...

In this article, I’ll show you how you can use your camera with the right settings to do a long exposure at sunset without an ND filter. The trick to doing a long exposure at sunset is to wait until the sun is at the horizon, set your aperture at f/22, and put your ISO to the lowest possible setting on your camera. If you can, go all the way down to ISO 50. Step One: On this photo, my camera was on a tripod with these settings: f/22, ISO 50, 1/2 second. The most important part is to find the right composition. For these types of photos, I like to use the water as my foreground element. Y...

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In this article, I’ll show you how you can use your camera with the right settings to do a long exposure at sunset without an ND filter. The trick to doing a long exposure at sunset is to wait until the sun is at the horizon, set your aperture at f/22, and put your ISO to the lowest possible setting on your camera. If you can, go all the way down to ISO 50. Step One: On this photo, my camera was on a tripod with these settings: f/22, ISO 50, 1/2 second. The most important part is to find the right composition. For these types of photos, I like to use the water as my foreground element. Y...

I love to travel, and my destinations are often inspired by other photographers. One day I saw a photo of Big Sur; to be more precise, it was a photo of McWay Falls in Big Sur. I immediately added it to my bucket list of places to photograph. The day I went, I felt like the luckiest man on earth. I had the most magnificent sunset ever; it really embraced the beauty of this place and created a magical moment to witness and photograph. Here are all the steps I went through afterwards to get the result above. Step One: First, let’s take look at what I went through to find the right composit...

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I love to travel, and my destinations are often inspired by other photographers. One day I saw a photo of Big Sur; to be more precise, it was a photo of McWay Falls in Big Sur. I immediately added it to my bucket list of places to photograph. The day I went, I felt like the luckiest man on earth. I had the most magnificent sunset ever; it really embraced the beauty of this place and created a magical moment to witness and photograph. Here are all the steps I went through afterwards to get the result above. Step One: First, let’s take look at what I went through to find the right composit...

When I first heard about Lightroom, I was still using Photoshop and Bridge. I’d open a photo from Bridge into Camera Raw, retouch it, and then repeat for each and every photo. It took so much time! This is why I want to show you how Lightroom has made this process so much faster. Presets and the Graduated Filter Presets are one of my favorite Lightroom features; it saves so much time. You can use presets in Photoshop, but Photoshop doesn’t have the Radial and the Graduated Filters, which are precious to photographers for retouching photos. For example, I started with this photo in Li...

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When I first heard about Lightroom, I was still using Photoshop and Bridge. I’d open a photo from Bridge into Camera Raw, retouch it, and then repeat for each and every photo. It took so much time! This is why I want to show you how Lightroom has made this process so much faster. Presets and the Graduated Filter Presets are one of my favorite Lightroom features; it saves so much time. You can use presets in Photoshop, but Photoshop doesn’t have the Radial and the Graduated Filters, which are precious to photographers for retouching photos. For example, I started with this photo in Li...

Recently I was at the hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque and took so many shots! It was such a great experience. On the first day, I was disappointed by the location I found to shoot, but the next day, I found the perfect place with the Rio Grande in the foreground and some fog. It was a magical combination, and produced one of my most-liked photos of all times on social media. In this article, I’ll show you how to speed up your workflow using Develop presets to find the right colors and create an overall mood on your photos. I’ve created Lightroom presets that I use all the time, a...

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Recently I was at the hot air balloon festival in Albuquerque and took so many shots! It was such a great experience. On the first day, I was disappointed by the location I found to shoot, but the next day, I found the perfect place with the Rio Grande in the foreground and some fog. It was a magical combination, and produced one of my most-liked photos of all times on social media. In this article, I’ll show you how to speed up your workflow using Develop presets to find the right colors and create an overall mood on your photos. I’ve created Lightroom presets that I use all the time, a...

Scott Kelby showed me this trick that’s really brilliant! Sometimes when you’re on the go, you don’t always have your camera with you, and you probably don’t have your computer with Lightroom, and even if you did, you probably don’t have the time to get into a full retouch of your photos. This is why I want to show you how you can use any Lightroom preset from your desktop computer in your Lightroom mobile app to make your life much easier and your retouches fast and furious. This trick will only work for Creative Cloud members; if you’re not a Creative Cloud member, you should definitel...

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Scott Kelby showed me this trick that’s really brilliant! Sometimes when you’re on the go, you don’t always have your camera with you, and you probably don’t have your computer with Lightroom, and even if you did, you probably don’t have the time to get into a full retouch of your photos. This is why I want to show you how you can use any Lightroom preset from your desktop computer in your Lightroom mobile app to make your life much easier and your retouches fast and furious. This trick will only work for Creative Cloud members; if you’re not a Creative Cloud member, you should definitel...

Lightroom presets are powerful tools for supercharging your workflow! Join Serge Ramelli as he demonstrates the steps he uses to create a variety of different presets that make photos look great in a single click. In this class you’ll learn how to make your own custom presets, how to apply them to different photos, how to create variations of your favorite presets, how to import presets you’ve downloaded, and much more. Develop presets are the fastest way to creating consistent looks across sets of photos, and once you start using them they can really change your Lightroom life.

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Lightroom presets are powerful tools for supercharging your workflow! Join Serge Ramelli as he demonstrates the steps he uses to create a variety of different presets that make photos look great in a single click. In this class you’ll learn how to make your own custom presets, how to apply them to different photos, how to create variations of your favorite presets, how to import presets you’ve downloaded, and much more. Develop presets are the fastest way to creating consistent looks across sets of photos, and once you start using them they can really change your Lightroom life.

Shooting the Milky Way is really cool, because your camera can capture what you often can’t see with your own eyes. Here I’m going to show you in simple steps how you can shoot and retouch the Milky Way to get the kind of photo shown here. Tips for Capturing Stars We’ll start out with some tips for capturing these types of images. To shoot the Milky Way, the first thing you’ll want to do is get away from civilization; the light pollution will make it hard for you to see the stars. Be patient and wait for a new moon, or for the moon to set, so the stars will be brighter and ea...

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Shooting the Milky Way is really cool, because your camera can capture what you often can’t see with your own eyes. Here I’m going to show you in simple steps how you can shoot and retouch the Milky Way to get the kind of photo shown here. Tips for Capturing Stars We’ll start out with some tips for capturing these types of images. To shoot the Milky Way, the first thing you’ll want to do is get away from civilization; the light pollution will make it hard for you to see the stars. Be patient and wait for a new moon, or for the moon to set, so the stars will be brighter and ea...

Join Serge Ramelli as he shares his secrets to creating amazing cityscapes. Great cityscapes start with great captures, and Serge begins the class with a discussion of camera settings and his approach to being in the right place at the right time. After the photo is taken, Serge steps through his editing workflow in Lightroom. Starting with the global edits that lay the foundation for a strong cityscape, Serge moves on into a detailed look at how to use all of Lightroom's local adjustment tools to take your photos to the next level. Whether you are shooting with a DSLR or smart phone, and from stitched panoramas to merged HDR, Serge shares the tips and techniques that you can use in all kinds of situations.

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Join Serge Ramelli as he shares his secrets to creating amazing cityscapes. Great cityscapes start with great captures, and Serge begins the class with a discussion of camera settings and his approach to being in the right place at the right time. After the photo is taken, Serge steps through his editing workflow in Lightroom. Starting with the global edits that lay the foundation for a strong cityscape, Serge moves on into a detailed look at how to use all of Lightroom's local adjustment tools to take your photos to the next level. Whether you are shooting with a DSLR or smart phone, and from stitched panoramas to merged HDR, Serge shares the tips and techniques that you can use in all kinds of situations.

Some of these tricks will only work if you’re a Creative Cloud member, which allows you access to some advanced features and the ability to sync collections from the Lightroom desktop to the Lightroom app on your mobile device or tablet. The app will help you to shoot, retouch, and post photos—all on your phone, which is pretty amazing! So here are my top five tips to help you use the Lightroom app to its full potential! Tip #1: Shoot with Your Lightroom Camera Shooting with the Lightroom Camera is a great way to take your phone photography to the next level, and here’s why: You can s...

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Some of these tricks will only work if you’re a Creative Cloud member, which allows you access to some advanced features and the ability to sync collections from the Lightroom desktop to the Lightroom app on your mobile device or tablet. The app will help you to shoot, retouch, and post photos—all on your phone, which is pretty amazing! So here are my top five tips to help you use the Lightroom app to its full potential! Tip #1: Shoot with Your Lightroom Camera Shooting with the Lightroom Camera is a great way to take your phone photography to the next level, and here’s why: You can s...

I love shooting sunsets; it’s the best time of the day to shoot. Every place looks so much better during sunset or sunrise, and that’s why most of my photos have a nice sky and a touch of magenta. Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t always do justice to the photo. It doesn’t capture all the colors and details of the sky, and it can be disappointing when you arrive back home and you don’t know how to re-create the feeling you had when you were on the spot. If that has happened to you, this article is for you. I’ll show you simple steps to bring your photos back to life! Step One: This is a ...

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I love shooting sunsets; it’s the best time of the day to shoot. Every place looks so much better during sunset or sunrise, and that’s why most of my photos have a nice sky and a touch of magenta. Unfortunately, the camera doesn’t always do justice to the photo. It doesn’t capture all the colors and details of the sky, and it can be disappointing when you arrive back home and you don’t know how to re-create the feeling you had when you were on the spot. If that has happened to you, this article is for you. I’ll show you simple steps to bring your photos back to life! Step One: This is a ...

I went to the zoo recently and used my 24–240mm lens so I could really zoom in on the animals to take good shots of them. I’m sure that you’ve been to a zoo and taken similar shots, but do you ever do anything with those photos? In this issue, I’m going to show you how you can make fine-art photos with your zoo shots! This is a photo I took of a lioness. I was really zoomed in, as you can see. This is the first step to get the fine-art look. Step One: I started with my usual retouching by bringing down the Shadows to –100 and opening up the Highlights to +100. Then, I increased the wh...

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I went to the zoo recently and used my 24–240mm lens so I could really zoom in on the animals to take good shots of them. I’m sure that you’ve been to a zoo and taken similar shots, but do you ever do anything with those photos? In this issue, I’m going to show you how you can make fine-art photos with your zoo shots! This is a photo I took of a lioness. I was really zoomed in, as you can see. This is the first step to get the fine-art look. Step One: I started with my usual retouching by bringing down the Shadows to –100 and opening up the Highlights to +100. Then, I increased the wh...

A friend of mine showed me a picture he took during daylight, and then showed me how he transformed it into a nighttime photo. I thought this was amazing, so it inspired me to try it and show you, here, how you can achieve this look! Back in the day in Hollywood, they used to do this trick called Day for Night. Because films shot at night were very grainy, they would shoot during daylight, with a tinted film, or change the white balance to make the image look like nighttime. Step One: The first thing you can do is use the Basic panel to do some basic retouching. Here, I brought down t...

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A friend of mine showed me a picture he took during daylight, and then showed me how he transformed it into a nighttime photo. I thought this was amazing, so it inspired me to try it and show you, here, how you can achieve this look! Back in the day in Hollywood, they used to do this trick called Day for Night. Because films shot at night were very grainy, they would shoot during daylight, with a tinted film, or change the white balance to make the image look like nighttime. Step One: The first thing you can do is use the Basic panel to do some basic retouching. Here, I brought down t...

The Hollywood look is a color theory used in movies. If you look closely, you’ll see in a lot of movies that two colors usually stand out: a mix of blue/green and orange. Let me explain further. Take a look at this color wheel. When you have two complimentary colors together, they stand out from each other. (Complimentary colors are directly opposite of each other on the color wheel.) And, because human skin is usually around lighter or darker orange tones, it works very well with blue. The idea is for an actor to stand out in the picture. If you have too many colors in your frame, it wi...

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The Hollywood look is a color theory used in movies. If you look closely, you’ll see in a lot of movies that two colors usually stand out: a mix of blue/green and orange. Let me explain further. Take a look at this color wheel. When you have two complimentary colors together, they stand out from each other. (Complimentary colors are directly opposite of each other on the color wheel.) And, because human skin is usually around lighter or darker orange tones, it works very well with blue. The idea is for an actor to stand out in the picture. If you have too many colors in your frame, it wi...

I love black-and-white photography. Ansel Adams is my mentor, and I studied a lot of his techniques, but I have to say that it’s not always easy to get the perfect stop-in-time moment, where everything seems to fit together and create an emotion. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but learned a lot from them. I am pretty happy with my black-and-white technique in Lightroom so let me share it with you today in five easy steps! step one: use the b&w targeted adjustment tool and white balance for a great sky In the Develop module, go to the HSL/Color/B&W panel and click on B&W in t...

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I love black-and-white photography. Ansel Adams is my mentor, and I studied a lot of his techniques, but I have to say that it’s not always easy to get the perfect stop-in-time moment, where everything seems to fit together and create an emotion. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but learned a lot from them. I am pretty happy with my black-and-white technique in Lightroom so let me share it with you today in five easy steps! step one: use the b&w targeted adjustment tool and white balance for a great sky In the Develop module, go to the HSL/Color/B&W panel and click on B&W in t...

A lot of people like to create their own style, while some may be inspired by images on 500px.com or Instagram looks. Here, we’re going to create the famous desaturated urban look. You’ve probably seen this style in photos all over social media, where there’s no detail in the sky, the blacks are really dark, and there’s not too much saturation—or sometimes there’s just undertones of reds or yellows. step one: I took this photo in New York, and this is how I re-created this look: First, go to the Basic panel and open up the Shadows to +100, crush the Blacks to –61, blow up the Highlights ...

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A lot of people like to create their own style, while some may be inspired by images on 500px.com or Instagram looks. Here, we’re going to create the famous desaturated urban look. You’ve probably seen this style in photos all over social media, where there’s no detail in the sky, the blacks are really dark, and there’s not too much saturation—or sometimes there’s just undertones of reds or yellows. step one: I took this photo in New York, and this is how I re-created this look: First, go to the Basic panel and open up the Shadows to +100, crush the Blacks to –61, blow up the Highlights ...

When you travel all the way from Los Angeles to Paris, followed by a five-hour train ride to Geneva, and then a three-hour drive to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, with the sole purpose of taking photos of the Valley of the 72 Waterfalls, but the weather turns out really bad with lots of clouds and rain, you don’t feel very happy! That’s when you need Lightroom to come to the rescue. I discovered a while ago that bad weather photos could make stunning black-and-white or special-look type images with just a little work in Lightroom. step one: The first thing to do after you come back from sho...

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When you travel all the way from Los Angeles to Paris, followed by a five-hour train ride to Geneva, and then a three-hour drive to Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, with the sole purpose of taking photos of the Valley of the 72 Waterfalls, but the weather turns out really bad with lots of clouds and rain, you don’t feel very happy! That’s when you need Lightroom to come to the rescue. I discovered a while ago that bad weather photos could make stunning black-and-white or special-look type images with just a little work in Lightroom. step one: The first thing to do after you come back from sho...