The Dehaze tool in Lightroom is pretty amazing. Of course, like most powerful photo editing tools, it can produce some awful effects when used inappropriately or with too much enthusiasm. But yesterday I found a new use for it: taming specular reflections.
I started with this image:
Note the bluish reflection on the cucumber that’s pointed at ten o’clock. Now let’s brush in a little dehaze on that cuke:
That’s like magic!
Great tip! I was very happy when they moved dehaze out of the effects folder.
Some people like their cucumbers pickled, but it’s not something I relish.
Daniel G. says
Quicktip for Capture One users, who miss the Dehaze tool: https://www.gaborbarath.com/dehaze-capture-one-quick-tip/
Summary: The Clarity Tool in combination with extra Contrast and Structure emulates in C1 what Dehaze does in Lightroom.
When I take your example into account, it seems that the Dehaze Tool also evens out the colors a bit more.
Steve Miller says
That’s (an) awesome basket of cuc’s!
My comment to you: “did you grow them?” and “are they pickles yet?”
BTW, nice blog you have here.
My wife grew them. Yes, they are pickles now.
Lynn Allan says
Maybe I’m being slow, but on my color corrected Adobe-98 monitor, I’m not seeing a “bluish reflection on the 10 o’clock cucumber”. Is it really all that subtle?
I do wonder if this slider might be useful for softening skin and/or helping with faces that have the problem of “glisten/shine” in muggy/sweater weather.
The reflection is not in-your-face obvious, but it bothered me.
Geoff Murray says
I have to agree with Lynn, I looked at this image on my Macbook Pro, iPad, and BenQ SW271 (calibrated with an i1 Display using DisplayCal) and I honestly cannot see that bluish reflection. Maybe I’m bluish reflection colourblind but I haven’t had a problem before 🙂