Color Photography: 5 photo editing tools that will save any image

    | Photography for Beginners | 12/04/2013 00:01am
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    Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Brightness/Contrast

    Best photo editing tools for adjusting color - Brightness/Contrast

    Before

    Brightness/contrast adjustments are the easiest to understand, but they’re also the most destructive with regard to image quality.

    Why? Because increasing the contrast pushes dark and light pixels off the scale, so that shadow areas of your image become blocked in and highlight areas bleach out.

    You need to use the Brightness/Contrast dialog with care, then. If you display Photoshop’s Histogram palette while you work, you’ll see what we mean.

    Best photo editing tools for adjusting color - Brightness/Contrast

    After

    The image we’re starting with is rather light and lacking in contrast, so our first attempt at repair is simply to reduce the Brightness value.

    This looks OK superficially, but the histogram shows the highlights are no longer a true white, and a lot of shadow detail has been ‘clipped’.

    Best photo editing tools for adjusting color - Brightness/Contrast

    Extreme

    Increasing the contrast strengthens the colors (remember the link between contrast and saturation), but yet more shadow and highlight detail has been lost.

    PAGE 1: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Color balance
    PAGE 2: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Hue/Saturation
    PAGE 3: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Levels
    PAGE 4: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Curves
    PAGE 5: Best photo editing tools for adjusting color – Brightness/Contrast
    PAGE 6: Taking it further in the digital darkroom

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    Posted on Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography for Beginners.

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