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With some amazing new camera phones & affordable range of DSLR cameras coming into the market, taking photos has grown multifold as a hobby. The professional photographers have plenty of tools at their disposal but things can get tricky for a non-photographer or digital artist when it comes to editing or retouching these photos. Sounds like a familiar problem? Many times, the pictures we shot does not reflect exactly what we saw. We get a feeling that these vacation pictures needs to be more vibrant than they are. Weather conditions, lightning or sometimes the device itself is responsible for ruining the most precious shot.
Don’t worry if your shot is not as desired. There is an easy fix for you, especially if you’re not well-versed with imaging software. We’ll see the how the PhotoWorks can fix overexposure in photos on your PC.
Understanding The Histogram
It’s not always easy to capture photos out in the sunlight. A small mistake will give you too bright photos with fewer details. And sometimes we only realize this when we open the photos on our computers. Don’t delete them just yet & see if you can fix them right.
Thus, checking the histogram of the photo is very important. The graph shows dark tones, mid tones & light tones from left to right. If you notice, the histogram is bulky towards the right edge & that means your photo is overexposed.
Quick Fix: Auto Lighting Correction In PhotoWorks
As I mentioned earlier, PhotoWorks is an easy-to-use tool for Windows, to fix overexposure in photos. Open your photo & on the right, you’ll find the AutoCorrect option. Instead of color, select the ‘light’ checkbox. The software’s engine will find the standard issues & adjust the picture accordingly. Now because you’re the one who clicked the photo – you know it better if that auto-correction was correct or not. Use the slider adjustments to fine tune the picture further.
You can also adjust overall exposure of the picture using its slider. This is also useful in case you need to brighten up the darker picture.
However, changing the exposure of the entire photo may not always be the best choice.
Fine Tune Whites & Highlights
Instead of adjusting the exposure of the entire photo, it’s always smart to try and adjust the whites & highlights in the picture. First, lower the White to fix overexposure a bit & if the photo still feels bright, adjust the highlights to bring back details.
Fixing Overexposed Sky
Well, this is another common problem when taking the landscape photos. It’s difficult to capture the entire range of colors & the sky is always too bright. In PhotoWorks, you can fine-tune the overexposed skyline from the Graduated Filters.
To do this, pick the sky area from the photo. Adjust the tones and then temperature to improve white balance.
PhotoWorks also comes with other interesting features such as:
- Professional portrait retouching: Reduce impurities, increase clarity.
- Perspective correction & distortion correction.
- Lens distortions
- Change color hues: Change colors or use magic hues. Keep one color & turn everything else into black and white,
- Erase unwanted objects: Smart healing & clone brushes to remove small or big items.
- Other photo effects.