Color, Contrast and Brightness
Some of the most common forms of image editing include cropping (already mentioned on this page here) and changing brightness, contrast and color levels. Image editing opens up many possibilities for the digital photographer.
This is an example of some basic editing of a digital image. Before starting this type of editing on your computer, you will need to have the color on your monitor as accurate as possible.
In this example I will start with an image that was taken under cloudy conditions. The image has no shadows, which is great, the clouds however have created a dull looking image. Also the blue areas in the image are inconsistent with the blue in the other images taken on the day.
This is the original image, although the day was generally clear, there were clouds covering the sun at the time the shot was taken and the flash did not have the range to light up the image and therefore was not used.
I am using Adobe Photoshop 6 to edit this image, many digital cameras come with software that is capable of doing what I am going to do this image.
Firstly I will select the Brightness/ Contrast control.
Now I will increase the brightness and the contrast by a small amount, making sure not to brighten the image up to the point where it looks unnatural or grainy. It’s a good idea to look at the effect that the adjustment has on all parts of the image. Increasing the brightness will brighten up the dull areas and also the bright areas of the image,