Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Making a Levels adjustment, part of Enhancing Photos with iPhoto.
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One of the most popular adjustments you can make is a Levels adjustment.…Essentially, you have three control points.…One for the shadows at the left, one for the highlights at the right, and the…midpoint controls the general exposure, or balance between lights and darks.…With this particular image, you'll notice that it looks pretty good, but if I…drag the left slider in, the dark areas get blacker.…Notice how the trees are darkening.…Now, you don't want to go too far, but a little bit, in this case, restores proper…contrast, and in fact, works a lot better than just using the Contrast slider.…
Pulling in the white slider here makes the bright areas brighter.…Now again, it's very possible to go too far.…These images have a lot of latitude, because they're RAW photos.…I highly, highly encourage you to shoot RAW on your camera if it's an option.…Even if not, JPEG files will still benefit.…Dragging the middle slider here affects the balance between the lights and the darks,…brightening up the middle tones, or darkening them.…
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- Cropping for better composition
- Rotating an image
- Making a levels adjustment
- Adjusting shadows or highlights
- Increasing saturation
- Converting to black and white
- Creating sepia-tone effects
- Using the Retouch Brush
- Sharpening photos
- Adding borders
- Copying and pasting adjustments