Blueprint: all Photoshop actions shown in this Blueprint are from the MCP Fusion Photoshop action set
Question: I often get asked “How can I fix an hazy, low contrast image?”
My Answer: Add some contrast but also embrace the haze.. While editing, if the photo was too bright, decrease exposure using curves. Or if it was hazy, yet underexposed, as is the case on this photo, brighten it up when increasing contrast. here are the exact steps used to edit this photo.
- Started with the Lemonade Stand action (Lemonade Stand folder adjusted to 100% as this tremendously lightened the image and gave it a warm, sunlit feel. Inside the one click folder, I adjusted the Contrast layer to 100% and the Richen It layer to 100%)
- Next I used the Different Directions contrast action (opacity at 36%)
- Then finished with the Sunflare Left action which adds light and flare to your image (opacity left at the default 44%, I masked off the flare marks as I just wanted the top left haze)
Photo credit: Thank you to Catherine Finn for sending in this photo.