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Chapter 9. Improve Your Photos > Fixing Brightness and Contrast

Fixing Brightness and Contrast

The most common problem with digital pictures is shots that are too dark or too light. Unlike composition or focus problems that you can see on the LCD screen, you can't always tell if your photo will have good tonal quality (tone is the combination of brightness and contrast) until you can see it more clearly. Having the tools and skills to repair these problems will help you salvage many a picture and will earn you the reputation of an accomplished photographer.

Ideally, you should be working with a program that has a Levels tool. But even if you don't, you can still improve the tone of many pictures with brightness and contrast sliders.


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