A Black Cat in a Dark Room: Enhancement of a Mobile Camera Photo
 

 
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Tutorial: AKVIS Enhancer

A Black Cat in a Dark Room

 

Have you ever tried searching for a black cat in a dark room? A difficult task. The author of the snapshot managed not only to find the cat but even take a photo of it with the built-in camera of his mobile phone. However, the quality of the photo is poor due to bad lighting. We will resort to the help of AKVIS Enhancer to shed light upon the black cat.
Mobile camera photo After enhancement with AKVIS program
Before After

We use the Enhancer plugin in this tutorial, but you can take the standalone edition and use the same parameters to achieve this result.

 

Open the photo in your photo editor and call AKVIS Enhancer Plug-in.

(If you use the standalone version of Enhancer just run it and open the image there.)

A photo taken with a mobile phone

Select Improve Detail mode and the photo will be processed at the default parameter values. The default value of Level of Detail is 5. As the photo is of poor quality, the increase in detail revealed color noise. To reduce the color noise, move the slider of Level of Detail to 2.

As the photo is dark we should increase the value of the parameter Shadows. We set the parameter to 80 and see the details in the shadows while the details in the light parts of the image are not affected.

Adjust the parameters to improve the mobile photo

If you use the plugin version, press the button to apply the results of detail enhancement and close the plug-in's window.

(In the standalone edition just save the photo.)

The photo was of bad quality and the detail enhancement also revealed color noise in the dark areas.

To get rid of color and luminance noise you can apply AKVIS Noise Buster. See a tutorial to learn how it works.

 

 
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — How To Use The Program — How To Use The Program
   — Improve Detail — Improve Detail
   — Prepress Processing — Prepress Processing
   — Tone Correction — Tone Correction
   — Comparison of Modes — Comparison of Modes
   — Post Processing — Post Processing
   — Batch Processing — Batch Processing
   — Preferences — Preferences
Examples Examples
   — In the Street — In the Street
   — A Child in the Garden — A Child in the Garden
   — Neuschwanstein Castle — Neuschwanstein Castle
   — See the Lorry in Detail — See the Lorry in Detail
   — Ancient Town — Ancient Town
   — Increase the Clearness of a Photo — Increase the Clearness of a Photo
   — Dark Picture of a Church — Dark Picture of a Church
   — Tennis-Court — Tennis-Court
   — Backlight Photo — Backlight Photo
   — Archery — Archery
   — Orange Tree — Orange Tree
   — Technical Illustration — Technical Illustration
   — Remove Smog from the Photo — Remove Smog from the Photo
   — Town at Night — Town at Night
   — Underexposed Photo — Underexposed Photo
   — A Kid with a Rattle — A Kid with a Rattle
   — Poet and Doves — Poet and Doves
   — A Black Cat in a Dark Room — A Black Cat in a Dark Room
   — African Kids — African Kids
   — Christmas Market — Christmas Market
   — Exposure Correction — Exposure Correction
   — Correction of a Dark Photo — Correction of a Dark Photo
   — Khan Palace Photo — Khan Palace Photo
   — Photo Correction: Lightening — Photo Correction: Lightening
   — Show Details in Shadows — Show Details in Shadows
   — The Golden Pavilion — The Golden Pavilion
   — An Ominous Way: Strengthen the Effect  — An Ominous Way: Strengthen the Effect
   — Crystal Clear: Prepress Mode — Crystal Clear: Prepress Mode
   — Fresh Strawberries: Tone Correction — Fresh Strawberries: Tone Correction
   — Perfect Lighting: Bringing Out Detail — Perfect Lighting: Bringing Out Detail

 

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