Light is an important aspect to be considered in photography. If the light isn’t good enough, then your photos will certainly fail to standout. A photographer always considers lighting conditions before shooting. However, while travelling, you cannot predict or assume when the light is best and being left with no choice, you have to click them.
I recently traveled to Delhi and knowing that the place is foggy, I wasn’t disappointed with it as I knew a technique of removing the haze from my photographs using Photoshop. I clicked everything I could and I was happy enough at the end of the day. I used the Photoshop technique and uploaded the photos on Flickr. One of my friend asked me how the shots were this clear even though Delhi has a very bad light with all the fog. So, this is why I decided to come up with a Photoshop tutorial on how to remove the blue hue from the atmosphere in your photos.
The technique is pretty simple and should take not more that 5mins of your time. Firstly, open the photo in Photoshop (I’m using Photoshop CS5, so you may notice some difference with the user interface)
Go to Layer > New Adjustment Layer > Levels… and create a new Level layer.
You’ll see a graph which is called as the histogram. It indicates the ‘brightness’ of the photo by letting you know how many pixels are dark and how many are light. The left part of the histogram defines the darkness and the right side indicates highlights.
You may notice something called Channels. The channel consists of 3 standard colors, RGB (Red, Green, Blue). We have to individually alter the levels of each color. Refer the screenshot below to get the exact idea.
Move the left pointer exactly below the histogram where it starts and then move the right pointer where the histogram ends.
Repeat the procedure for green and blue.
Once done, you’ll notice a huge difference from what your photo looked like to what it looks now. Once you’ve done with all the colors, you can adjust the brightness and contrast by moving the arrows in the RGB channel.
Alternatively, you can increase/decrease the brightness/contrast, increase the vibrance and sharpen your photo to enhance it further.
Well, now that you’ve learnt how to remove the haze the 5-miniute-way, its time to learn the 10-seconds-way Just click on the Auto button and Photoshop will do the rest! Don’t curse for I told this in the last. Learning the procedure first is better than taking the short-cut.
Compare the difference between the original photos and the processed ones.