Improving Your PhotoPass Pictures – Light

I love PhotoPass+!  We get it every time we go and try to take advantage of every opportunity to use it.  In addition to getting family shots without having to lug around a camera, we also have a photographer that is ‘set up’ for that location and light.

But even in the best of circumstances, photo images can use a little touch up.  I use Adobe Lightroom to do most of my photo editing work and then if something special needs to be done to a photograph I take it into Photoshop.

Today I am focusing on light and using exposure and contrast to improve Photopass images.

Let’s take this image… my son with Jesse.  Notice how his face is in the shade..

The first thing I am going to do is paint on exposure onto my son's face, so I select the brush tool and set exposure up a few notches.

And size the brush just slightly larger than his face.

Now that his face is brightened I notice that he has some redness.

To get rid of this I use the HSL (Hue, Saturation and Luminance tools.  And dial back the saturation.

I decided to use the exposure tool to lighten up Jesse a bit, especially her hat!

Now let’s use the contrast tool to deepen the texture of the background.

And finally I use the exposure tool again, this time on the negative side to darken the edges of the image.

And here is the before and after.

I am currently using Adobe Lightroom 4.  These techniques are available in older versions as well as Lightroom 5.

Do you adjust your Disney Photopass Images?  I would love to see some before and afters.  Next time,  we will be removing an object or person from the background.

  • UnapologeticallyTracey

    I don’t have a “before and after” to share, since I went ahead and overwrote the files from Photopass+ with my edited versions, but I did use Photoshop to edit my Photopass photos from our last trip. I often felt like I wanted to brighten the photos or boost the exposure a little bit, but since I was also editing photos from other cameras, I wanted to make sure all of the images looked more similar for my scrapbook. To do this, I used the same set of actions (purchased from abeautifulmess.com) on all the photos, including the Photopass photos.

  • Gabrielle McCann

    Wow what a difference this makes. How long did it take?

  • Natalie (QSOgirl)

    So I am not actually editing Disney photos, just my everyday ones, but this tutorial completely opened my eyes to the adjustment brush too in LR. Thank you SO SO SO much for helping me to begin to understand the amazing power that little button has!! I’m so excited about how this is drastically improving my photos!!