Photoshop Brightness and Contrast
A small tweak to brightness (also known as image density) and contrast can make a dull image spring to life - and it's so easy to do!
Photoshop has several ways to adjust brightness and contrast and each have their own merits. There's the 'brightness and contrast' tool which is the most basic, the 'Levels' tool which gives you control of highlights, mid-tones and shadow areas. And the 'Curves' tool which is the most flexible.
In this video I'll use one dark image and another bright one to introduce you to all three, demonstrate what they do and show you where to find them.
There's no right or wrong way to change brightness and contrast, it's up to you to find the method you prefer and which gives you the result you want.
Now, this isn't a magic wand 'fix-all'. True it will help you out of trouble when things go wrong, but still no substitute for getting your exposure correct in the first place. A correctly exposed image file is the best starting point and a tweak to brightness and contrast can make it sing.
I would say to anyone interested in learning how to move away from the AUTO setting on your camera and take control of your photographs to do Mike's Ultimate Beginner's Course, his style of teaching is brilliant, he breaks everything down so simply and makes it easy to understand. Also it's great fun!