Discover how to dramatically improve an image either by removing or adding haze to an entire photo, or to specific regions using the local adjustment tools. Note: this technology is also available in Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CC.
In this episode of the Complete Picture, Julieanne Kost demonstrates the differences between making “absolute” adjustments to photographs using the Develop module in Lightroom verses “relative” adjustments using the Quick Develop panel in the Library module.
The new Dehaze control in Lightroom CC and Adobe Camera Raw 9.1 can help you to dramatically improve an image by removing haze. The Dehaze technology is based on a physical model of how light is transmitted, and it tries to estimate light that is lost due to absorption and scattering through the atmosphere. For the best results, you’ll want to set the white balance for the image before using Dehaze. Then, in the Effects panel, move the slider to the right – to easily remove the haze from the original scene. Move the slider to the left to add a creative haze effect.You can choose to make very subtle to very significant adjustments – if you’re pushing the slider to the extreme, you might want to refine the image using the Basic panel (increasing the shadow detail or refining the Vibrance slider) in order to achieve the exact look that you’re after. Check out the video below to see Dehaze in action.
Original image and with the addition of the Dehaze feature (slider set to +68).
Original image and with the subtraction of the Dehaze feature (slider set to -72)
When moving the slider, there is very little change in the highlight area (on the right side of the Histogram), while the shadows and lower portion of the histogram is clearly being changed. If you are concerned that the darker values in the image are being clipped to pure black, Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) -drag the slider to see the black point clipping visualization. When you see black areas appear in the image, you know that you’re starting to clip to pure black and can back off. In addition, Dehaze can be added locally by applying ACR as a Smart Filter in Photoshop. Click here for more information about Camera Raw 9.1 including new camera and profile support.