Photography Help — Haze Removal
by Jen White
With one swift click you can restore contrast and details to a photo that seemingly contains a layer of haze. This could possibly be one of the fastest and most dramatic improvements you could make to your photos.
For this tutorial you’ll need:
- A photo with a haze problem. (Download my photo here.)
- Photoshop Elements (v14 or later) or Adobe Photoshop
Step One: Choose a Photo
Haze is sometimes hard to spot. You don’t always notice it’s there until you take the opportunity to remove it. Here are some categories of photos that will likely contain haze:
- Photos taken through a plane window.
- Photos taken through a car window.
- Photos taken through your windows at home.
- Photos taken through glass at a museum.
- Landscape photos (something far away).
- Photos taken in the early morning light with fog or mist present.
Step Two: Open a Photo
- Open a photo (File > Open) that has haze.
Whenever working on a photo that will contain destructive edits, it’s always a good idea to work on a duplicate.
- In the Menu Bar, choose File > Duplicate. (PS: Choose Image > Duplicate.)
- In the dialog box, click OK.
- Close the original image.
If you’d like to follow along with the photo I’m using, you’ll find the download link above.
Step Three: Dehaze the Photo
Haze removal in Photoshop Elements can be a one-step process with impressive results and it’s easy to find and remember. Removing haze in Adobe Photoshop is a little harder to find, but it’s equally impressive and easy to use.
In Photoshop Element (v14 or later):
- In the Menu Bar, choose Enhance > Auto Haze Removal.
Here’s my result using Photoshop Elements 2019:
In Adobe Photoshop:
- In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Camera Raw Filter.
- In the dialog box, the Basic tab should be active. Click and drag the Dehaze slider to the right until it looks good to you. Click OK.
Here’s my result using a Dehaze setting of 75 in Adobe Photoshop CC2019:
Here’s the before and after:
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Here’s how I used my dehazed photo on a scrapbook page:
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