Photo Tip: Fixing A Dark Photograph pt 2

by Sonya Murphy on February 23, 2010

I don’t know about you, but there are times when an important picture turned out too dark.  So what does one do to help lighten the photograph?

Last week, I explained one way that you might go in and try to lighten up a picture.  This week, I will give you another method to try.  Just keep in mind that if one method doesn’t work, another might.   Believe it or not, there are yet still other methods to try.  Sometimes I experiment around with each to see which one would give me the best results.  I might even, on occasion, combine several of these methods.

The best thing to do is experiment with each photograph.  Just be sure to work on a copy or a duplicate.

Again, I use Photoshop CS2, so these instructions will be how to lighten a photograph in CS2.

First:  Go to the top menu bar and select “Image”,  and from the drop down menu select “adjustments”.  Then, from that side menu select “Hue/Saturation”.  Or you can use the shortcut by hitting a “Ctrl U” on the PC.  It will bring up a little menu box.

Second:  Now  go down to where it says “lightness”.  Slide the little button bar over to the right of the screen, till you get the lightness you are looking for.  You have to be careful on the amount of lightness you use, because too much will make the photograph look odd.

Third:   When you achieve the look you’re after, then go to the right and select “ok” to close the pop up menu.

Have fun experimenting and testing the methods I’ve talked about so far.

This is a quick way to lighten up those dark photographs.  It’s a fairly simple and easy trick to use.  Just remember that you always want to strive for the best picture you can while taking the picture.  There are a number or reasons for that.  The best reason is, it lessens your time on fixing photographs, so you can do more layouts.

NOTE:  If you have a photo tip that you’d like to share then contact me.  In fact, if you have any sort of story (funny, serious, etc) to share on how you captured a picture and what the results were, we’d like to hear about it.  These write-ups need to be written up in your own words and not copied from someone else (copyright issues).

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