How to Dramatically Improve Dark Images with Photoshop

Photoshop expert Howard Pinsky take a look at a (very) dark image, and what you can do to dramatically improve the way it looks in just a couple of minutes using Photoshop’s Camera RAW.

Simply increasing the exposure of an image in Camera RAW (always shoot in RAW!) when you have a dark image isn’t a good idea as you are going to introduce tons of noise into your image. However, as Pinsky shows in this video there are ways to handle noise (at least to a degree – it isn’t magic mind you).

So basically after you finished “playing” with the exposure,color, tint, shadows, blacks etc. – head over to the details tab where you can find the noise reduction. Setting the Luminescence and detail relatively high as well as the sharpness (on the top) can really help) and increase the lights in the tone curve tab. Remember to press the shift key when you are applying the changes to your images and moving back to Photoshop so that the image will be open as a smart object that you can always change if you want – pretty cool isn’t it?

You can check out more of Pinsky’s videos here on LensVid as well as many more Photoshop related tutorials on  LensVid’s Photoshop section.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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