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. 

I thought I could double up this week's post into a quick Photoshop tutorial too.

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.


After 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.

Next, go into the blending options by right clicking on the curves layer.

Then, look at the last gradient slider you see at the bottom. Hold alt/option and slide from light to dark and you're set.

How to Brighten Interior's shadows only

If unsure and a visual person, check out this gif.

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If you found this helpful in any way, please share for good vibes!


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Scott Webb is a London Ontario Photographer specializing in architectural and interiors photography to help Southwestern Ontario architecture firms, interior designers reach both project and business goals.

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