Photo Fixing

My brother, who’s a hobbyist photographer, shot some photos that turned out too dark due to underexposure. I volunteered to try to salvage them by applying my skills in Adobe Photoshop.

These underexposed photos were difficult to fix because they hadn’t been shot in a raw image format, and consequently the photos appear a bit grainy after being lightened. Still, I did what I could to improve them.

While my main objective of doctoring these photos was to increase their brightness levels—which I achieved through a careful balance of shadows, midtones, and highlights—I also made various other enhancements such as cropping, color vibrance/saturation, color filters, sharpening, and blurring. The edited photo of the mountain landscape uses eight total layers of adjustments, the largest number among this group of photos.

Take a look at the edited photos I worked on alongside the originals for comparison. (Click on an image to view it in a larger size.)


Original photo of mountains
Original
Edited photo of mountains
Edited

Original photo of harbor
Original
Edited photo of harbor
Edited

Original photo of lotus
Original
Edited photo of lotus
Edited

Original photo of fish
Original
Edited photo of fish
Edited

Original photo of parrot
Original
Edited photo of parrot
Edited

Similar Projects

To read about some other projects I worked on involving photographic manipulation, see Patriotic Underwear Guy on Giant Bald Eagle, EON Sports VR, or Robot Aviation.

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