Adding Digital Sunshine to Your Photos

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.

A landscape photographed under a cloudy sky

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.

  1. We create a Photo Filter adjustment layer to warm up the ...

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