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Photography: 6 simple editing techniques that result in great images

Do you know how to transform a photograph and make it much more interesting using only easy and quick effects to apply? Correct color, increase or decrease saturation, adjust contrast … These and other effects may be the solution to give that extra touch that was missing in the image. It stands to reason that it is important to properly set up the camera to hit your photos; however Photoshop (or another image editor of your choice) is a powerful tool to turn a beautiful image into a sensational photograph.

See in this selection some quick effects of being created that can give a new face to your image. All you need is photos that are compatible with each one and a lot of creativity.

Black and white with high contrast:

With increased contrast, black background combined with white photos is more striking. The secret is simple: contrast. When you use the saturation setting to take all the color from the photo, it does not always look very beautiful – the same happens when you already capture the scene in black and white. However, try to tweak the contrast later to see the change! For best results, set the contrast from the levels so you can adjust the shadows and light areas separately.

Granulate combines with auto contrast in black and white:

The result is a sophisticated black and white, much more interesting than an image that simply has no color. If your photo is grainy due to lack of lighting, the black and white gives an even deeper air, like the photo above, which was taken in a theater with a dark lens and therefore presented granulation.

Contrast burst:

Not only in black and white images the contrast adjustment works well – it can be a great resource for color photographs as well. Not all images are good using this technique, so be very careful when applying this effect. Preferably use the Photoshop level adjustment to increase the contrast of the photos, not the contrast tool itself. The reason is that when you move the levels, you can set the light areas and shadows separately, and the result is better. With this setting, the colors tend to get quite vibrant, but you can tweak it by slightly decreasing the saturation so you do not leave the picture too gaudy. Photos with increased contrast are more “urban” air and are great for outdoor model trials.

Retro Filters:

This technique is the darling of photographers today, and not for less: the pictures with a retro air look really beautiful! Again, not all photos match this type of filter, so it’s important to know the effect well and know when to apply. To give this retro air you can play with the color blends of the photo, decrease the contrast and saturation. One tip is to create a new layer, fill it with a color such as green or light pink, and then take away the opacity from it so it stays like a filter over the image.

Extreme Saturation:

In some cases, the saturation can be increased until the colors become much more vibrant than they are in reality, forming very interesting photos. The secret here is not to use images of people, since the color of the skin, when distorted, does not present very good results. If you increase saturation too much, the colors will “go backwards” – that is, random pixels begin to change color in a bizarre way. To avoid this, increase the saturation lightly and control the color using contrast and brightness.

Vignette and granulate:

These two effects do not have to be together, but their effect when applied in the same photo is simply sensational. The vignette is that darker area around the photographs, which features an older image. The granulate also has this characteristic of giving an old air to the photo, and combines very much with the shadows caused by the vignette.

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