Before and After: Brightening up an Interior

Sometimes you shoot an innocent iPhone photo while scouting a location and it later becomes one you really enjoy. There’s a wee problem in that something’s off in the image since you didn’t perfectly plan it. In the case of the photo for this post in the Before and After series, I was interested in brightening up the interior. It’s a really simple before and after, but I don’t know how many people know about how I brightened it up. 

The caveat to brightening up the interior is potentially blowing out the highlights. This would ruin the image or cause me to be required to do more unnecessary work masking.

Argh. As great as it is to be able to highly manipulate photos in Photoshop, you may remember that I want to keep photos as much of a natural portrayal of the architecture as I can. I also don’t need to create unnecessary work or scrap an image. Luckily, there is a really simple way to brighten the interior quickly, retaining the highlights.


iphone photo - Brightened up Interior After
before photo - darker Interior Before

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To do this quickly and easily, you make a curves adjustment layer and brighten the entire image. The highlights will get blown out and everything, but don’t fret. The curves tool is a beautiful thing. Stay tuned as I’ll do a quick video to explain it best.


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