DeHaze is DeWonderful!
The relatively new DeHaze feature in Photoshop is a great tool that hasn’t received much love. Many don’t know it exists (in ACR / LR) and if they do, don’t apply probably as much as their images could use. The biggest thing about DeHaze I want to bring to your attention is when you’re behind the camera! I’ve found some shooters don’t shoot because of what they’re seeing in the viewfinder which is crude that could be spectacular with a touch of DeHaze. Here are two examples from our recent time in Santa Fe, NM to encourage you to explore it. What you see above is the finished photo with DeHaze and the bottom photo what we saw with our eyes.
When we were at San Francisco de Asis Mission Church outside of Taos, it was raining and snowing (we really had marvelous shooting wx all week!). The light was flat the vast majority of the time. Now Ansel Adams made this little chapel famous with the SHADOWS he captured which show off its adobe construction so well. If you have rain and snow, you have gray skies and with that, little to few shadows. SO if trying to capture a hint of what Ansel did, you need them shadows. That’s where DeHaze comes in. When there was a slight hole in the gray skies, I went click (D5 in Auto2 / 24-70VR). Then in ACR (Adobe Camera Raw), I clicked on my Preset and then DeHaze and the image was finished. As you can see, there is a dramatic difference.
I finally got to Tent Rocks this last week. The Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is a pretty cool place. We got to walk the Slots Trail which is a really gorgeous early morning walk with some cool photo opps. Like any slot canyon, it’s dark near the bottom and bright at the top. The D5 had no issue capturing the range in a single click so it made the photography easy and fun. There was a challenge though with the overcast. While it softened the light in the canyon, it made the key elements to showing its texture hide, shadows. Understanding though what DeHaze brings to the photo, you could shoot basically carefree looking at patterns, shapes and texture.
In the main section of the Slots, I shot with the D5 in Auto2 with the 16Fish. Shooting that wide, lots was taken in but it was no issue in finishing. Opened up in ACR, clicked on Preset, then DeHaze and the only thing different here was, the increase in the contrast from DeHaze was a tad too much so I lowered the Contrast. And that was it. The best way to learn how DeHaze might fit into your photography is to play with it. Take photos you otherwise might not because of the light and apply it. You’ll quickly teach yourself how this new tool might help your visual communication.