DARKER BLACK, LIGHTER WHITE
IN THE SECOND OF THE SERIES ON EDITING PHOTOGRAPHS ON ADOBE PHOTOSHOP, WE DEAL WITH THE DYNAMICS OF BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST.
There are times when you feel a little disappointed when you download the images you have clicked and look at them on the computer screen. What looked like a passably good photo on the camera LCD now looks a bit washed out. Or you can now discern the harsh light and dark shadows more clearly. Sometimes you see to your dismay that your flash illumination wasn’t bright enough to make every face in the photograph cheery enough. Don’t worry, your photos can still be redeemed.
There are different software available to handle these photography problems. Essentially, since light is a mixture of all colours, the software enhances different hues to create something that could help the image. The most popular of such software is Adobe Photoshop. In the December issue of G&G, we looked at how to use Photoshop to correct colour distortions in photographs. This month, let us see how brightness and contrast can be manipulated to give you more pleasing images. There is also a plus at the end: how do you watermark your photograph?