Chapter 17. Correcting Brightness and Contrast in a Photograph
IN THIS CHAPTER:
136 About an Image's Histogram
137 Improve Brightness and Contrast
138 Improve a Dull, Flat Photo
139 Lighten a Subject on a Snowy Background
140 Lighten or Darken Part of an Image
141 Improve a Nighttime Photo
142 Fix a Flash That's Too Close
143 Fix a Flash That's Too Far Away
Not all of us enjoy a professional level of reliability with our cameras. With the benefit of digital photography, though, you can use the computer to correct a great many defects in your photos. Correcting images works best, of course, when the defects are not too serious.
One of the easiest problems to overcome using a graphics editor is poor exposure. Your picture might be overexposed (too dark) or underexposed (too light). It might have too little contrast (too gray) or too much contrast (taken in bright sun and deep shadow). Within its extensive electronic darkroom, Photoshop Elements has a host of tools to correct exposure problems and "make it come out right."