I am writing this post for one reason.
I’d just like the whole world to know how much I love Photoshop.
Among millions other things it helps me with every day, it is a real hero when it comes to correcting shadows.
Especially in food photography, eliminating the underexposed areas (aka shadows) and showing their true structure and color is a very precious thing. It makes the food so much more appetizing.
Just let me show you something…
This is the original picture from my recipe for Farfalle with Tomato-Cheese Sauce.
I like the picture, but not as much as…
… I like this one.
This picture has undergone one simple Photoshop procedure.
As a result, the most wonderful shade of red color I know has appeared. Mere looking at that color has strong therapeutic effect on me.
This is how to do it:
1. Open the photo is Photoshop (I am using Photoshop Elements 8).
2. Click Enhance – Adjust Lighting – Shadows/Highlights in the upper bar.
3. A smaller window will pop up with the first (Lighten Shadows) slider dragged to 25 automatically.
You should already see that your picture has improved substantially. If you don’t see any change, make sure you have selected the Preview check box.
You can move the first slider left or right to find the right amount of correction.
4. If you are happy with the result, click OK.
And that’s it.
Just give it a try and enjoy the beautiful changes it brings.
(To learn more about my quest against shadows have a look at this.)