The quality of the ambient light plays a significant role in the success of a photograph. Too much sunshine can produce harsh contrast and strong shadows. Cloudy skies produce more balanced light but also lifeless-looking shadows and colder tones – problems that cannot always be circumvented by adjusting white balance settings.
Figure 8-102. A landscape photographed under a cloudy sky
The image in Figure 8-102 would benefit from a little additional contrast and warmer colors. The following steps describe how we add a little “digital sunshine” to our image.
We create a Photo Filter adjustment layer to warm up the ...