Correction of a Dark Photo: Improve Detail and Reduce Noise

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Tutorial: AKVIS Enhancer

Correction of a Dark Picture


Jean-Claude Grégoire offers us a tutorial on how to improve a photo with uneven exposure. He used the AKVIS Enhancer and AKVIS Noise Buster plug-ins in Adobe Photoshop.

Jean-Claude wrote:

"Even in very bad cases, the AKVIS Enhancer and AKVIS Noise Buster plug-ins can help you salvage underexposed pictures. In my collection, I have some seriously underexposed photos which, in the past, I tried to salvage with Adobe Photoshop. This was always a long and difficult work and I often needed to use several adjustment layers, or to go into another color mode, or both, without getting a satisfactory result each time. Now that I've discovered the AKVIS Enhancer and AKVIS Noise Buster plug-ins, I've decided to try my luck again with some of those bad pictures : I really was very impressed, because in a few minutes I often got better results than in hours of working with Photoshop alone.

So I decided to share my experience by writing a short tutorial for which I chose an underexposed picture taken last year by one of my grand daughters. She photographed her mother working at home with her laptop. Unfortunately, the flash didn't work and everybody thought the photo was good for the trash can."

  • Step 1. Jean-Claude scanned the photo. Actually, it was a very bad case and when processing the picture in Adobe Photoshop he "couldn't get a fully acceptable result, even with the help of several adjustment layers and masks."
    Scanned Dark Photo
  • Step 2. He called the AKVIS Enhancer plug-in (Filter -> AKVIS -> Enhancer) and selected Improve Detail mode.
  • Step 3. Even the default settings gave a good result.
    Photo Processed with Default Settings

    But he decided to go further and adjusted the settings.

    Adjusting Settings
  • Step 4. The button applies the correction to the image and closes the plugin.

    Jean-Claude writes: "The image is now better than the original, but as I am a perfectionist I'm not entirely satisfied with it because, there is too much noise in the darker parts of the picture."

    Noise in Dark Areas
  • Step 5. It's now necessary to remove the noise with AKVIS Noise Buster. A detailed description of how to reduce digital noise in this photo can be found here.

    Save the image. Maybe it's not a "chef d'oeuvre", but nevertheless it's a very good picture!

    Improved Photo
How It Works How It Works
   — Workspace — Workspace
   — Using the Program — Using 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
   — Lighten a Dark Street Photo — Lighten a Dark Street Photo
   — Crystal Clear: Prepress Mode — Crystal Clear: Prepress Mode
   — Fresh Strawberries: Tone Correction — Fresh Strawberries: Tone Correction
   — A Child in the Garden — A Child in the Garden
   — Neuschwanstein Castle — Neuschwanstein Castle
   — Ancient Town — Ancient Town
   — Increase Image Clarity — Increase Image Clarity
   — Dark Picture of a Church — Dark Picture of a Church
   — Backlight Photo — Backlight Photo
   — Orange Tree — Orange Tree
   — Technical Illustration — Technical Illustration
   — Remove Smog from the Photo — Remove Smog from the Photo
   — Poet and Doves — Poet and Doves
   — A Black Cat in a Dark Room — A Black Cat in a Dark Room
   — Christmas Market — Christmas Market
   — Exposure Correction — Exposure Correction
   — Correction of a Dark Photo — Correction of a Dark Photo
   — Khan Palace Photo — Khan Palace Photo
   — Lightening a Dark Photo — Lightening a Dark Photo
   — 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
   — Perfect Lighting — Perfect Lighting
   — Sleeping Dog: Three Processing Modes — Sleeping Dog: Three Processing Modes


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