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Lightness

Lighting and light, in general, are absolutely essential to photography. Lighting can determine the mood and feel of a photograph and sometimes in post-processing you may want to enhance this mood even more or switch it up completely. The Lightness adjustment lets you adjust exposure, highlights, shadows, brightness, contrast, and black point.

You can adjust Lightness manually, or automatically using the machine learning-powered ML adjustment.

Adjust exposure

When taking a picture, the amount of exposure chosen normally determines how bright or how dark the final image will turn out. A higher exposure makes the shadows, midtones, and highlights in an image brighter, while a lower exposure does the exact opposite — darkens all the tones. Exposure slider lets to adjust these setting after the image is taken.

  1. Tap and turn on Lightness.

  2. Drag the Exposure slider to the right to make the image brighter, or to the left to make it darker.

Important: Note that drastically increasing or decreasing the exposure may result in blown-out shadows or highlights, i.e. the bright areas of an image turn 100% white and darker areas 100% black.

Adjust highlights

By adjusting highlights, you can increase or decrease the overall lightness of the image highlights, bringing out hidden textures and details in the highlighted sections only, but leaving other bright areas in an image untouched.

  1. Tap and turn on Lightness.

  2. Drag the Highlights slider to the right to make the highlights brighter, or to the left to make them darker. You can also enter a percentage value from –100% to 100%.

Adjust shadows

Using the Shadows adjustment you can deepen the shadows or bring out hidden detail by reducing the contrast in the darker areas of an image.

  1. Tap and turn on Lightness.

  2. Drag the Shadows slider to the right to make the shadows lighter, or to the left to make them darker. You can also enter a percentage value from –100% to 100%.

Adjust brightness

The Brightness slider primarily affects the image midtones, making them lighter or darker. There’s normally less change visible in the shadows or highlights of an image.

  1. Tap and turn on Lightness.

  2. Drag the Brightness slider to the right to make the image midtones lighter, or to the left to make them darker.

Adjust contrast

The Contrast adjustment lets your stretch the tonal range of an image, making its highlights brighter and shadows darker. Reducing the contrast works the other around — the bright and dark areas are leveled out and reduced to midtones.

  1. Tap and turn on Lightness.

  2. Drag the Contrast slider to the right to brighten up the highlights and darken the shadows, or to the left to reduce the contrast.

Adjust black point

Using the Black Point adjustment, you can increase or decrease the tonal range of the darkest areas in an image. In other words, you can add more definition to the darker tones of an or reduce it, which can, in fact, be used as an alternative for creating a vintage-inspired faded effect.

  1. Tap and turn on Lightness.

  2. Drag the Black Point slider to the right to set a lighter part of your current image as the black point (making the darkest areas darker), or to the left to set a darker area of your current image as the black point (making the darkest areas lighter).

Automatically adjust the lighting in an image
  1. Tap in the toolbar at the top of the screen.

  2. Tap ML next to Lightness.

    After doing this, you can additionally fine-tune the adjustment sliders.