Photographer Reveals How These Famous Travel Photos Have Tricked You.

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Here, you can see a succession of images, from straight out of the camera to the final edit.

Sure, a huge part of photography is technical proficiency with the camera. But it's also 2016, which means that we have access to the best photo editing software we've ever had -- so why not take your pictures to the next level with a little post-snap processing? That's exactly what travel photographer Peter Stewart does. His amazingly epic imagery has earned him a huge following on social media, and now he's showing the world how he does it. In a series of mind-blowing before-and-after photographs, Stewart shows us what it takes to shoot and edit an incredible travel image. See how he does it below.

Peter Stewart

“I tend to use Nik Color Efex pro for achieving the overall ‘final’ result,” the photographer says. “This now free plug in for Lightroom and Photoshop has a heap of great tools which allow me to make tweaks to individual colors, increase or soften specific details, and can be used as dramatically or minimally as you desire.”

Peter Stewart

“I like to approach my digital photography with a certain sense of the fantastical and the surreal,” Stewart said in an interview. “Many of my architectural and cityscape images feature the use of bracketed multiple exposures, which allow me to retain highlight detail in things like window lights and neon signs when shooting at night, or shadow detail in underexposed areas of the frame I want to call attention to.”

Peter Stewart

The final product is often the result of multiple amplified exposures, layered on top of one another.

Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart

“The majority of my editing is though Photoshop, with the process starting in Adobe CameraRAW,” says Stewart. “I’ll take each of my bracketed exposures and make my initial adjustments there to things like color temperature, saturation, highlight/shadow detail and perspective correction.”

Peter Stewart

Stewart's style is also a bit controversial in the photography community. In other words, many dedicated to the craft wonder how much editing is too much.

Peter Stewart

“HDR processing is easy to abuse," Stewart says, "And I too am guilty of over-doing it on many occasions.”

Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart

Still, Stewart says that his work is really to show people just how powerful Photoshop can be.

Peter Stewart