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Case Study: Photo Improvement by photo-class Case Study: Photo Improvement by photo-class
Please find this case study that covers some of the basic techniques that can help enhance a photo or correct some of the mistakes made during a photo shoot.

Mosly oriented towards begginers.


Author: ~silentkeystroke

Poor shooting conditions, wrong setting on your camera, or shot taken in too much of a hurry can result in a photo that does not meet the expectations you had while standing there.

This articles gives a few basic Photoshop tips to enhance such a photo.

Thank you!
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MyNonsenseSpot Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Student Photographer
Very helpful.
I catch myself doing this a lot.
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WhiteKimahri Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
I've featured this tutorial in my journal! :)
bhongzkie Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010
b0dysnatcher Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
your attention to detail and your cleaning up of the distractions in the image was really good, but i actually like the colours of the "before" image better. The contrast you set was way too high, making the colours look garish and harsh. You turn the lovely soft orange typical of a sunset and the dusky blue of the sky into yellow and turqoise. :(
llamasims Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008
I must admit that I am addicted to your tutorials! All of them are excellent and this one is no exception (I now think of all of the photos I've thrown out that could've been improved using these techniques >_<;).
pendrek Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2008
very nice though i think it looked better before the contrast beef^^ maybe 30 contrast max i wouldn't put more, but of course to each his own^^
jamesilluminare Featured By Owner May 23, 2007  Professional General Artist
Awesome; handy. :)
SakuraAi Featured By Owner May 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
"File not found" T_T
photo-class Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Will be found now!

Kamermans Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
"file not found" :(
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it says "file not found" - probably this tut got lost during the dA server crash like so many others from 2004 and 2005
therefor you might want to check your other submissions as well
Siene Featured By Owner May 29, 2005
what a difference.... i also prefer levels to brightness&contrast, but it's a good tutorial anyway.. altough i try to use these techniques as few as possible :D
eldiaoblo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2005   Photographer
WoW!!!!! you turned a really rubish picture into well a master peice!!! I'm so glad i found this page!!! thank you so much!!!
WickedSweetNinja Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2005
I've been dieing to know how to do those high contrast dark room picture alterations!!! :D thank you SO much!!!!
salamatizm Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2005
I usually prefer changing the Levels to Brightness and Contrast, gives a much better result.
moab-software Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005
I really despise the amount of manipulation done to photos before posting around here, like this one could be. It makes it almost fake, IMHO. :(

Good article. I may use some of the techniques with some photos that didn't turn out well, as you suggested.
cryptix Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004
how do you add borders in photoshop?
photo-class Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2005
We are going to release a tutorial on borders very soon actually ;)
snugglebear Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2004

The final image isn't at all what you saw or what you tried to capture.

It is a photo-manipulation, or at very minumum darkroom photography. I believe that you shouldn't alter images more than to correct slight mistakes. With the effect you put in, I would say definitely manip, because there is no way I can easily think of to do that in a darkroom :o
alexisonfire-nl Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2004
well i like some things about it...
but i like the picture after toning more then after the lighting part...

but hey! nice tut.! ;)
xperfectfailurex Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2004   Photographer
Personally, I don't like the end effect. Although dramatic, it is very unnatural and the coloring is very harsh. The blue could have been increased without washing out the red so much. Using that contrast washed out a lot of important parts. The last paragraph said the purpose was not to make another photo...but the changes did make another photo instead of just enhancing the photo that was present.

My recommendations for the coloring and contrast would be efficiently learning curves.

Howver, these are my opinions and people have very different perspectives and likes.
loximaxus Featured By Owner May 31, 2004   Photographer
Thank you for this wonderfull tutorial!
blackzer0 Featured By Owner May 31, 2004
Short, straight to the point, my style for tutorials. :thumbsup:

Only con: Brightness/Contrast, as mentioned earlier.

Would it be possible for me to submit tutorials here?
photo-class Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2004
Yes of course. Just send us a note with the list of ideas you have or a link to existing tutorials that you think would be hepful and we can include them here with the photo-class layout.

Thanks a lot for the offer!
divmang Featured By Owner May 27, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
nice tutorial ;)
Jand3r Featured By Owner May 25, 2004   Photographer
another great article.
nothing really new, but it gives hope to hopless pictures. i should stop deleting photos and try to fix them. :)

cant wait for the next article !
asymons Featured By Owner May 25, 2004
thanks for this guys...i'll read it and return and comment...
but thanks in advance for doing this... :hug:
greatly appreciated by the manip-challenged among us...
degauss Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
really good tut. Definately helps to turn an amaturish gallery photo into a work of art. Good job.
Ogotay Featured By Owner May 19, 2004
Damn, I pressed fav instead of download.

Any way to un-fav it? :P
xseption Featured By Owner May 20, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
hit :+fav: again to unfav ... learned that the hard way :)
ManixTT Featured By Owner May 18, 2004
Great write-up! It's simple but very effective, thanks!
bronzecase Featured By Owner May 18, 2004   Photographer
Yet again you've presented a great tutorial that is easy to understand. These projects are really helping me learn Photoshop - thanks!
~ Casey
ibas Featured By Owner May 18, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
really nice tutorial, a great initiativ!!!! ^^ :aww: :clap:
nikhil Featured By Owner May 18, 2004  Professional General Artist
pretty nice...
bada Featured By Owner May 18, 2004
Very nice and interessing tutorial. Very well done too! :clap:
dulcepixels Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
Thanks again for another interesting tutorial. :)
alphaaffinity Featured By Owner May 17, 2004   Photographer
Even though I'm not a beginner, this is still an awesome article. I'm glad you guys finally updated with another. :)
bukephalas Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
very helpful tutorial, and very helpful comments! photoshop is a huge program and can be very intimidating to beginners. these tutorials make it very easy to learn quickly. thanks! :D
theoman Featured By Owner May 17, 2004   Photographer
I enjoyed it a whole lot i think it is very helpful.
justthorne Featured By Owner May 17, 2004   Photographer
I'll make my negative point first: Brightness/Contrast is a terrible command, and I hate to see anyone use it, let alone recommend it (even to beginners). I'd encourage anyone to spend five minutes learning Levels to accomplish the same kinds of results with much less destruction to what's right about the source pixels.

But there's plenty good here! It's a great "start-to-finish" task-oriented exercise, and I'm especially crazy about the "look through my eyes" kind of narrative as is used soooooo well here. (I'm working on one of these myself, actually.) It's often just as important/too often left out in a tutorial to share sensibility as well as technological methods, so this gets high marks.

Nice tone of voice, well illustrated, and I always admire brevity (as its my own greatest failing, :lol: )

Nice use of the Color Balance command too. I'd "add" to the tutorial to make sure that "Preserve Luminosity" button is checked "On," or tried both ways.
blackzer0 Featured By Owner May 31, 2004
:nod: Brightness/Contrast made me cringe as well. This is for beginners though, so hopefully in more advanced tutes, Levels can be brought forth.

Wouldn't it be cool for us to contribute? I'm currently writing a tutorial aimed into my gallery, but ~ photo-class is a centralized account available to a larger audience... hm.
rolph Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
hehe... damn, good thing i read comments before commenting, i was about to say the exact same thing.
do i sound as a fan of yours now? :lol:
although i did like the tone of the tutorial, and the result, i would have used several layers, and of course levels/curves to play with the contrasts and colours.
:roll: but that's just me and my justThorneish ways.
justthorne Featured By Owner May 18, 2004   Photographer
Well you know I would normally never care to bash anything or anyone, but Brightness/Contrast is just so wretched that it's got a permanent place on my short list. I've been thinking about it since last night, and I do believe it is the only feature I would prefer to see removed from Photoshop.

Or I suppose it could be retooled, to perform its operations at a quality approximating Levels. But just something to take the destructive potential away from the user who can't see how awful it is. And that's not knocking any user or their eyes. Rather, it's that continuous tone images have a lot of subtlety within them that's hard for anyone to actually "see." Therefore, a command that destroys exactly that subtlety seems subversively dangerous.

However, I DO know this tutorial is written for beginners. By every other standard, I think it's great! (And it makes me even more excited about the "mid-level" one of comparable nature I should be delivering within a couple of weeks, cause they're very thematically similar. But, of course, this one scores huge points for its brevity, clarity, and vision toward helping beginners specifically.)
In-Apt Featured By Owner May 19, 2004
:blush: :blush: :blush:

have you ever thought about posting a tutorial (or more than one) to photo-class ???

would be a perfect thing... ;)
Strangel Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
oh well... IMHO doesn't totally live up to Photo-class level. Anyways it's good you uncover basic techniques for those who are new to digital photography.

But i'm really looking forward to articles and tutorials on more advanced things like lenses, for example. Anyways, keep up this activity, at least something good there is on da :)
In-Apt Featured By Owner May 19, 2004
We need to have tutorials that can be helpful to all sorts of people, to beginners to intermediate to (in the future) advanced photographers...

Glad that you are honest though, that means a lot!
Age2003 Featured By Owner May 17, 2004  Professional Filmographer
Great stuff, really useful and i agree about the framing of the photo's.

Keep em coming please :D, i'm learning lol
sodriveme Featured By Owner May 17, 2004
kickin, thjis should help alot of people starting out.
soninha Featured By Owner May 17, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: :clap:
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