Darkening Levels

Some shots have just too much ‘clutter’, with midtone detail distracting from an otherwise clean, simple image.

This was a wet road disappearing over a bridge after a storm – tweaking the levels brought out something much more dramatic.


To remove those pesky midtones use the ‘levels’ tool in photoshop – on the ‘input levels’ slide the left (dark) triangle right until most of the midtones have been darkened to black, then move the centre midtone (grey) triangle to get the desired effect. To do the reverse and make a very ‘high key’ image move the right (white) triangle left.


This didn’t take too much alteration – just enough to remove distracting midtones in the darker areas.


Finally one of a track on chalk downland taken with a telephoto lens, ‘chopped’ with levels to give an abstract.


Give it a try as it does give some shots a real lift.

As always these shots are taken for the book cover market, and all comments, critiques and questions are welcome.

Thanks for looking – hope you like them and they give you some creative ideas for your photography.


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