There are two traditional ways to correct too dark photo: brightness control and gamma correction. We will compare their results to the program for lighting of photos.
Photos is placed in such sequence: initial too dark photo and three corrected versions: brightness, gamma, and our Lighting tool.
The initial photo given below is too dark. Brightness correction yields the faded result. Gamma correction - the wood is better, but water and the sky is worse. The Lighting tool - the wood bright, water and the sky without changes.
Photo © Andrey Shchukin
On the initial photo the lower part is excessively darkened. Brightness correction lighten dark area insufficiently, and far too lighten the sky. Gamma correction - dark area is better, but the sky far too lighten again. Lighting tool - dark area is the best, and the sky without changes.
Lighting tool can be found in Brightness Guide.
Step-by-step animated demos are included in the programs.
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