I thought I would go through the basic edits I make to every photo (since I can’t think of anything better at 11 pm on Friday night).
1. Defog (Filter->Sharpen->Unsharpen Mask-> 20/60/0). The reason why you need to do this to your photos is because this removes the digital haze that is in most photos. The defog filter is a local contrast enhancement that defines the edges.
2. Levels or Curves – adjust the midtones. I usually lighten it a bit.
3. Brightness/ Contrast – adjust the contrast up and sometimes if that moves it too much, then I move the brightness down. Erase any areas where it appears that the whites are glowing/blown.
4. Flatten the layers.
5. One last sharpen (Filter->Sharpen->Unsharpen Mask-> 80/1/4)
6. Use the burn tool around the edges.
Here is a SOOC image (f4.5, ISO 200, SS 1/2000):
Here it is with my processing (elapsed time: 3 minutes):
So there you have it…the best I could come up with!
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