There’s a widely spread idea about Photoshop that it will magically solve everything, no matter what, no matter how horrible is the shot. Well, I’ve got some bad news: it doesn’t.
And I brought I picture I took myself to show it. It’s not a horrible photo, there are many far worse, but certainly is not right and is not possible to fix.
As you can see, it’s not bad but nothing outstanding. Just a view of Stuttgart from the Stadtbibliothek. So I thought of improving the picture by editing. I mean, the view was so awesome when I looked at it from the window!
First of all, do you see that straight line in the base of the building at left? It’s the border between the street and construction pit. Do you see it? It’s crooked. No, the original was straight. It’s crooked because of the lenses. That happens sometimes and Photoshop doesn’t fix it (yet).
Second, the sky. If I changed the colours any more it would have looked like Lucy in the sky with diamonds. But the original sky wasn’t any better.
Third, the exposure. It’s not overexposed but it certainly has too much light, there’s almost no contrast in it missing details in the architecture and the beauty of this place (traditional houses mixed with modern buildings and forest). I tried to change light, contrast and exposure. I improved contrast a bit but the rest was impossible to fix. A bit less and it looked dark or muddy or without any contrast.
Conclusion: Do yourself a favour and shoot the right photo in first instance. Don’t rely in the format (RAW isn’t magic either) nor in the post-session software. Bad shots remain as they are.