Quick Digital Imaging Tip 43/101: Alter Your Mood In Lightroom, Photoshop, Aperture and Photoshop Elements

Digitally enhanced image.
This is tip #43 of 101 digital imaging tips that I plan to post here over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Today's tip: Alter your mood – the mood of your photograph - in the digital darkroom.

Original image.
When it comes to a photograph, the mood and the feeling of that image are of the utmost importance.

The subject helps to determine the mood of a photograph – but digital enhancements can also affect the mood.

The opening picture for this blog post has a different mood than the straight-out-of-the-camera shot. In Photoshop, I changed the mood by:
• Increasing the blues;
• Darkening the image;
• Increasing the saturation.
• Increasing the contrast.

You can do the same thing in other digital imaging editing programs.

I applied the same enhancement to the image below on the right.

Getting back to altering your mood in Lightroom and Photoshop, you can actually alter your mood! When you are pleased with an image adjustment or enhancement, it can actually put you in a good mood!

Explore the light,
P.S. These are pictures of the New Croton Dam, one of the locations we photograph on my Croton Shoots Workshops.

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