Landscape Pro Version 2 

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Regular readers will know music – jazz – is my passion and photography is my hobby. My photographs are unlikely to win awards as I tend to want realism. I once took a photo of a friend with a camera I was reviewing and sent him the result, his reply ‘you can see every crease and wrinkle I look about 200’ luckily it was not a lady friend or she would no longer be a friend.

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However when you spend a long time trying to get the perfect shot and something just spoils it I can see why you would want to remove the ‘spoil’ factor.

In today’s bloatware world a program that is less than 400MB to download is pure joy, and if you already have something like Photoshop it can even become a ‘plug in’ to that package.

In very simple terms you give Landscape Pro an image and then tell it the constituent parts and let it do its magic on those parts such as sky, grass, rocks etc.

This company also do products for various other things notably portraits but anyone who has been on an Internet date probably know that the real thing is nothing like the ‘Photoshop’ version so let’s keep things real by dealing with landscapes, as you would like them to be and let’s just say on the day you went the weather was not playing ball.

Like a lot of packages today there is a FREE trial version available so you get to try it at no risk just to see if you can get the results you want with your own images.

To start with mark an area say Sky with the tool provided zoom in to add or remove areas that are incorrectly marked and then start to have fun, make a cloudy day a moonlight night with only that area affected, very easy and quiet impressive, this is then easily repeated with other areas, burnt unappealing grassland can be changed to lush green you get the idea.

Everything is changed from a panel on the left, the colour histogram is visible and the various available presets are in thumbnails below.

If there is not a preset to do exactly what you want delve deeper and fix exactly what you require, while this is not huge in size – as a download – what it can do is.

I had great fun with lighting brushes which allow areas to be changed just to suit.

If you try the FREE version certain things like Batch Mode will be unavailable until you purchase the full product.

For those users of Photoshop the plug in is also only available in the full package.

Best of all there are lots of help files and videos with Landscape Pro with ways to do difficult things like how to get to areas of sky behind small tree branches, still tricky but make a small amount easier.

So look for How To in the help files and searches.

This is a package that can improve what you see but often we see things in different ways, some like perfection others like me, like realism.

Landscape Pro V2 can be purchased for £49.95 or a free trial downloaded from the link below.

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