Rescuing a Bad Photo

All of us make mistakes when we're taking pictures. Sometimes we're rushing and don't pay attention to our camera controls. The result can be a photo that's too dark, has an unwanted color cast or is crooked. Learning how to edit photos yourself gives you the ability to correct these problems and rescue a photo you like.

Before (left) and after (right) correcting the color, exposure and straightening
1/180 sec, f/6.7, ISO 100, 43mm

In the example here, I had been photographing inside under artificial light and was using tungsten (incandescent) white balance. When I went outside to continue taking pictures, I forgot to change the white balance back to daylight. As a result, my photo of a placque of the Virgin Mary is too blue and too dark as well as being slightly crooked.

Using the basic tools in Adobe Photoshop Elements, I was able to fix these problems and greatly improve the image. Even if you use a different photo editing program, learning which tools affect what in your photo can help you improve your shots.

Learn the skills to rescue your photo mistakes in Introduction to Photo Editing at the Lifelong Learning Center in Missoula, Montana, beginning March 5, 2019. Click here to register.