Rescuing a Bad Photo

November 17, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Cemetary Trail Forest trails sometimes look beautiful to the eye. How do you capture what the eye sees in bad light?  This shot was taken in the middle of the day where the light cast harsh shadows everywhere. To me the scene was evocative enough to take a few shots. The camera saw it very differently, as you will see in the comparison. Still, I liked the composition and wanted to see if I could rescue the photo.

First stop - Adobe Lightroom 4.2 for the basics, but it still didn't seem emotional enough to be worth keeping.

On to Adobe Photoshop CS6 to a filter that has been around for a while, was taken out in a couple of versions and then brought back in CS6, called Render Lighting Effects. Essentially, it creates studio lighting on a photo. It can be a little tricky to manipulate, but once you get the hang of it, it works quite well.

Have a look at the Before & After below and you can see what a little time and patience can do. Not that this photo will win an award winner or even hang on my wall, but the scene resonates with me on a personal level and that is all that really matters.

So, don't give up if photos of your favorite visions don't come out they way you wanted. There is always hope (and Adobe software). 


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