PSE 101: Lightening a Dark Photo

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Sometimes you get an image with too much backlighting, like this photo of my daughter in front of an airplane window. It’s possible to bring back enough detail to save a photo that, in the days of film, might have been tossed into the trash. 

 Go to Enhance>Adjust Lighting>Shadows/Highlights, and adjust sliders; typically a dark photo with backlighting benefits from lightening shadows AND darkening highlights.

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

If the image is now washed out, Ehance>Lighting>Contrast can often improve it further.

 Voila! A previously unusable image can be brightened up to at least a web-suitable quality.

 

 

 

 

 

    

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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