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1 - First Steps

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Haze

You can reduce haze by:

• Increasing the contrast slightly.

• Reducing the blue color of the haze.

Backgrounds Only

You don't need to correct foregrounds.

Foregrounds don't have haze and a blue color caste.

So, we'll use a selection tool to limit the haze reduction to the background of the photograph.

Leave Some of the Haze

If the scene has great depth, you may want to retain the haze and blue color caste in the distance.

Haze and blue are depth cues.

If you remove them, your photograph will have less depth.

So, we'll use the Gradient tool to fade the haze correction.

Note

The corrections will be more evident with your own photograph, than the resampled photograph below.

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Original Contrast Increased &
Blue Reduced on the Middle Hill

Here are enlargements of the above photographs.

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Original Contrast Increased
Blue Reduced on the Middle Hill

Be sure to check off as you go along.

Preparation

1) Preserve your original file.

If you haven't already done so, go to Preserve Your Original File.

2) Create a Background copy layer.

If you haven't already done so, go to Create a Background Copy Layer.

Select the Haze

3) Use a selection tool to select the hazy part of the photograph.

If you haven't already done so, go to Selection Tools.

4) Save the selection.

If you haven't already done so, go to Save the Selection.

5) If feathering is needed, go to Select > Feather.

By saving the selection before the feathering, you can modify the feathering at a later time.

Three Methods

There are three methods.

In each method there are two steps:

1) Increase in contrast.

2) Decrease in blue or saturation.

Experiment!

Method #1: Soft Light Blending Mode

Method #2: Unsharp Mask Filter

Method #3: Color Burn Blending Mode