Recovering lost detail in your images using the Dehaze slider in Photoshop and Lightroom
posted Monday, August 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM EDT
Cameras have never been better at capturing images with good dynamic range. Even so, after recovering highlights in your RAW image editing workflow, sometimes you find that there's more lost detail than you'd like. In his latest video, Jesús Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel shows us a great trick in Adobe Photoshop (although it can be accomplished in Lightroom as well).
The "Dehaze" slider in Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom was designed to reduce the haze or fog in your image, a weather phenomenon which eliminates a lot of fine detail from a scene. However, photographers such as Ramirez have found that Dehaze can work great in an image no matter where it was captured. The slider does a great job of adding crispness and detail to an image, particularly in bright areas. In the video below, Ramirez uses Dehaze to recover detail in a photo of a wedding dress and how to recover detail in a sky -- the latter of which is closer to the original purpose of Dehaze. I have also heard of people using Dehaze selectively on an image to reduce specular highlights and to color balance parts of an image. It is clearly a very versatile tool.