Sometimes I have the luxury of having a enough spare time on the weekend to really take time on my photography and set up with my lighting etc and other times I rely on a few quick tips to brighten up my underexposed photo's. I'm definitely not a pro when it comes to photography or editing, but I've taught myself some hand tips along the way, which definitely do help to create brighter looking pictures.
Levels is a tool that can be found within most editing software including PicMonkey (under effects), which is still one of my favourite ways to edit my blog pictures. Understanding levels doesn't have to be hard and can be as simple as moving each of the three sliders from left to right to get your desired look. If you are interested though when you use the levels tool you will see what is called a histogram, which is a graphic representation of the pixels in your image. The pixels on the left side of the histogram are dark pixels, the ones in the middle are the mid-tones and the ones on the right are the bright pixels.
You can brighten the highlights in your image by moving the white arrow from right to left, you can also darken the shadows and make your picture stand out more by setting a new black point, you can then either lighten or darken the midtones in the image to correct the overall look. It really is as simple as moving the sliders across to achieve a much brighter looking picture, but just be careful that you don't over expose the image so that it becomes too bright and washed out. The below picture has only been brightened using the levels tool, which you can see has really improved the overall look and feel of this picture.
There are lots of other tricks that I use to get my pictures looking bright, so please let me know in the comments section below if you would like to see more!
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