Three Image Corrections To Make Before You Share Your Images Online
When you make a photograph you are proud of, you want to share it with the world. And these days, the great news is that there are many places to share those images.
But before you do share your favorites, spend 60 seconds making sure you’re putting your best photo forward.
Here are three things you should fix before you post any image to the Internet.
1. Exposure – this is a biggie. This is especially important if the shot is underexposed. The variety of lighting conditions and monitors out there makes it imperative that the image pops off the screen if you want to break through and get noticed.
I bring all of my images into the Perfectly Clear Plug-in. Most of the time, I start with the Details or Vivid preset. Keep in mind, this is just a starting point. You can (and should) fine tune these presets then save them for later once you get comfortable with how this impacts your photos.
Below is a screen cap from the TONE section in Perfectly Clear. Note the EXPOSURE options. Try selecting low, medium and high to see how each impacts your photo. You can further dial in the exposure correction using the manual slider.
2. Sharpening – most digital images need SOME sharpening and I have grown to rely heavily on the Perfectly Clear default sharpening as my starting point for all images. It’s subtle, effective and fast. I might dial in additional or special sharpening later if I am going to render an image for print, but the Perfectly Clear default sharpening has been an extremely reliable place to begin.
3. Noise – Most photographers don’t like digital noise in their photos. Perfectly Clear has a couple ways to deal with this. The FIX NOISE preset is a good way to go with very noisy images. With images that are just a little noisy, I prefer to dial in the noise reduction myself via the sliders in the ADJUST tab. The default starting point—as with most Perfectly Clear corrections—is something I usually rely on as my starting point and about 85% of the time, it’s just right. One thing I like about the noise reduction in this plug-in is that it doesn’t drive all the details out of the image in order to fix noise. The science behind this is fascinating. I often marvel at how well it can decipher the difference between noise I don’t want and details I do want.
That’s it. While this is VERY basic, it’s just enough for me to feel comfortable with sharing an image online after this process is complete.
While it may seem too good to be true, it’s not. Just try it. You’ll see for yourself just how powerful and fast this quick and easy workflow is for sharing online photographs.
By Scott Bourne