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Adobe Lightroom Classic "Dehaze" Effect

About Lightroom "Dehaze" Effect

Product:  Adobe Lightroom Classic  |   Subject: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic

In this exercise, we will learn about Adobe Lightroom Classic and Using The "Dehaze" Effect.

In this section, I want to share how you can improve your photos using this very cool effect, and this effect is called Dehaze. You will find that some photos, although they are beautiful to look at, they tend to be hazy, and this is where we want to work with the Dehaze effect and tweak our photos. Now the image that I want to work with is this image called Kauai. Now this image is great, and this is an image of Waimea Canyon.


If you zoom into this photo, you'll notice that there's just a lot of background and detail that sort of washes out due to the haze that's here. Once again, I am in the effects panel, and I will adjust the Dehaze slider. If I move the slider to the left, I'm adding more and more haze to the image. And this is not what I want to do. And you can see the more I slide it to the left, the more that the image washes out. 

Now I'm going to move the slider to the right, and you'll notice that the haze is slowly disappearing. Now it makes the image have just a little bit more impact. 

I'm just going to show you the before view and the after view so that you can see that it's a subtle change. Yet, we noticed that there's a whole bunch of haze up from the before view. 

But then when we go to the after view, we'll notice that it's cleaned up a little bit more. 

I want to point out that this is an effect that works best when you make other adjustments. Right now, I'm going to scroll back up and couldn't go to the basic panel. 

I'm going to adjust a few of these things to show you how you can make that image into something that impacts your viewer. So I'm just going to adjust a few sliders. I'm going to increase the highlights and the whites. Then I will drop the blacks, increase the shadows together with clarity, then saturate it slightly and drop the vibrance down. Now you'll notice that in the History panel, these are the adjustments that I've made. 

Every single adjustment built up to what I consider an image with a punch that impacts the viewer. Here's the before view; you can see it's kind of a flat, washed-out image. 

Here's the after view that we've made a few changes, we've adjusted the clippings, we've adjusted the highlights, we've adjusted some exposure. And we've also dehazed the photo. 

But this was just a quick example of how you can work in the effects subsection dehaze the photo and then work with the rest of the sliders and the basic panel to create an image. As another example, I'm going to choose this photo called Utah.

You'll see that this is a nice photo, and yet once again, it's kind of blunt, so I'm going to scroll down to the dehaze in the effects panel. I'm going to slide the slider to the right and remove some of the haze. As I do that, it's making certain kinds of adjustments. The blue sky becomes a little bit brighter. If we zoom into it, we can see just a little bit more detail. And it becomes a little bit richer of an image. 

I'm going to zoom out and then go back up to the basic panel. I will make some slight exposure adjustments, maybe boost the highlights a little bit, and then drop the blacks to give it a little impact. Then work on the clarity to give it a little bit more impact and create that contrast that we want to have. And then, of course, these are some very basic adjustments. Later on, depending on my mood and depending on the effect that I want to have. I'll go ahead and crop the photo. And I'll make a few other tweaks to the image so that it looks a little bit better. Now I want to show you the before and after views. This is the before view. 

You can notice that this image was kind of blunt. It was kind of flat. There wasn't too much to catch the eye. But after all of the adjustments that I made, here is how it looks like. 

And right away, you can see that the mountains stand out, the clouds standard out, the sky standard out, and there is just kind of a punch. The line looking like a horizontal line is part of the landscape, and it's neat how that just jumps out at you.

I hope this section has been helpful about how you can work in tandem with the basic panel, as well as with the effects to reduce and increase the haze as you need it to create images that have an impact, that have a punch, that want to create an emotion that you want to instill in the viewer. So I hope this has been helpful, and if you do have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.