Saturday, 16 April 2011

Digital photo's ALL NEED some adjustment!

Hello, today I am going to be explaining a little bit about digital images and levels adjustments for them. Whilst many people take photographs with digital camera's and are happy with the results straight from camera, it is a fact that every single photograph that has been taken with a digital camera can be improved with some minor adjustments with  photo editing software. Sharpness can be improved and here I will give a few examples of using photoshop to improve the levels.
I'm sure that even the free version of PS will allow some levels adjustments so here we go.

Ok we will take a shot that has come straight from Raw file and saved as a jpg.
If we open this shot in PS and then look at the menu that runs along the top of of the screen in PS, Click on image then drop down to adjustments. From here, click auto levels. This is Photoshops best guess at what the scene should look like and a lot of the time it is pretty much on the money as can be seen here.
The colours are richer and more saturated and the whole image looks better.

The levels adjustment when used manually allows you to have even more control over how things are adjusted. If we take the following image again straight from camera and load it into PS.
Ok it doesn't look too bad to start off with but it can be improved using levels adjustment in a matter of under a minute. Again click on image and then adjustments, this time instead of selecting auto levels select levels.
(if you click on the image it will open on a larger scale) you can see that there are 3 sliders below the graph (histogram) this represents highlights mid tones and shadows. If we adjust them by grabbing them and dragging them you can see the different effects that doing so have on the image.
Whilst I have not made any massive changes as you can see the image is enhanced by some subtle changes to the sliders.

Whilst it doesn't look like much of a difference, when you compare the 2 images I think that it is well worth spending less than a minute making these simple adjustments to improve your final images.

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