Sometimes all a photo needs is a few basic adjustments to make it really pop. Start with the basics such as the white balance, recovering shadows, and adding presence and clarity. Also add vibrance to make colors really sing!
For that extra mile, remove unwanted distractions from your photo that interrupt the story you are telling.
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Step 1: Photo Straight From the Camera
The shadows are dark and the photo is a little flat.
Step 2: Basic Adjustments
Open up the shadows, add a little contrast and clarity.
Step 3: Remove Distractions
Remove the distracting element in the lower left. The video gives a quick overview. My video guide on removing distractions has the deep dive into all my techniques.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Make the colors more vibrant and adjust detail to taste. In this photo, the sky is the star of the show. I want those clouds to pop!