In my last blog post, 7 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Camera Safe, I included a photo of some of my friends on a golf outing (tip #5). Unfortunately, my lens had condensation on it, so my friends looked like they were standing in a fog. It was definitely not a usable photo! I promised to show a quick solution that could save it.
Here are the two versions. The new one is definitely usable, as a reminder of an enjoyable day spent together.
[uba caption=’Slide to see the difference the Dehaze Filter in Lightroom can make‘]
Amazingly, the solution couldn’t be easier! In Lightroom CC, I simply bumped up the Dehaze filter (found in the Effects Panel in the Develop Module) to 100%. Otherwise, the processing is exactly the same!
Now, there are two current versions of Lightroom: Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6. The Dehaze filter is not included in Lightroom 6. If you own Lightroom 6, you may be able to find a preset workaround to this by doing a little research on Google. If you don’t own either version, I’d definitely recommend getting Lightroom CC!
Here are two more examples of what you can do with the Dehaze filter.
I shot this photo of the July 4th Parade in our neighborhood. As you can see, the sky is blow out and almost entirely white. The rest of the photo is pretty flat looking. (To see larger versions of the photos, just click on them.)
As an experiment, I downloaded the Raw photo from my DSLR to my iPad!
There is a FREE VERSION of Lightroom called Lightroom Mobile. It’s available for iPads, iPhones and Android tablets, as well. If you’re a Mac user, you can find it in the App Store in iTunes. I can’t give Android advice, since I don’t own any Android devices, but there’s always Google to explain how to do it!
In Lightroom Mobile, I was able to do the complete edit, including adding the Dehaze filter.
Because, I have the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, the finished photo synced to Lightroom CC on my laptop. What if you don’t have the Plan? You can still do your edits and use the photo from your iPad. If you’re on the fence about trying Lightroom, it’s a great way to try it for free. There’s also a 30-Day Trial for Lightroom CC! I can’t imagine photography without Lightroom. It’s like the icing on the cake!
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