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Almost every photo can benefit from some enhancement, from exposure adjustments to cropping. In this course, author Rich Harrington shows how to improve photos using iPhoto. The course describes how to crop and straighten photos; remove red eye; improve exposure, color, and contrast; and refine images by retouching blemishes, removing noise, and adding special effects like vignettes.
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One of my favorite adjustments is Definition. It goes in and really brings out the clarity in the image, and just adds selective contrast. Here is how it works. Let's zoom in to 100%, so we could really judge this, and as I drag that slider over, notice how the blacks are getting selectively crisper. Let's take a look at some other parts of the image here; something that should be more in focus. This is a very shallow depth of field. There we go. Low Definition; higher Definition.
Look at how the blacks are coming out just a little bit, bringing in those details. Now, I would refine this with a little bit of Sharpness, and in this case, a small amount of de-noising, but that looks pretty good. If you want more contrast, you can use the Contrast slider, but I suggest that you play with Definition before Contrast. If you look at that image before, and after, we definitely have a more impactful image due to the tighter contrast, and better exposure. Let's take a look at one more image.
I'll go to 100%, and bring out the Definition. Look at the detail on the rocks. Before; after. You see that the shadowy areas and the bright spots start to have higher contrast. Now, you can use Contrast, but it's very easy to overdo it on the image. Let's move down a little bit here. Notice, if I drag the Contrast slider, it becomes very muddy, so I recommend that you be careful.
Round that out by tweaking the Shadows, and the Highlights, and then you can revisit the Contrast Slider. Together, those look pretty good. Now, I'm going to pull the Saturation down just a bit, and take a look at that image. Before; after. We definitely have tighter impact there, with more interesting shadows, and better contrast.
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