Have you ever noticed, when editing images, once you apply effect after effect, add some layers, maybe apply a lens flare, a few textures, a gradient map, a few photo filters, apply some overlays… Shew! All this effect stacking will “build up”, causing a haze over your image. Layering a lot of effects can flatten out your image’s black/white points making everything look really dull. Sometimes you have to go back in and give your image a little bit of its original POP. An amazing, talented photographer, good friend and member of my artistic tribe, shared this technique with me today. I had never seen it before and it was just so easy and quick I had to share it forward.
Julie put together a little video tutorial to show us how it’s done! Thank you Julie Belton for showing us how to give overworked images some of their original pop! I am in love with this tip! Now I just need to remember to use it… Ha!
*Since this post was published I have received some great feedback and have gathered some additional tips on how to use this technique .(below) A big thank you to all those like minded artists who believe in #SharingItForward!
The same method can also be applied in Lightroom. Just press alt when you are dragging white or black slider on the exposure panel. and one thing the video does not mention is that you should only pull the sliders to the point where you start to see some minor changes in the black/white canvas and then even maybe back down a bit. Otherwise you usually end up clipping blacks and whites too much.
You can also do this with Levels, alt/option key and pull the sliders to the point where you start to see the changes.
Julie’s 411: Website
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