Curves to Lighten

Now that we’re getting our heads around using curves layers, we may wish to brighten parts of our image. 

In this lesson I show you one of my favourite methods to brighten the face of the dog and create a kind of “light path” either from one side of the image (as shown in the video) or from directly above the dog, depending on the composition, gazing direction, and openness of the image location. 

One thing to keep in mind when changing the exposure in different parts of the image is to try and keep the light natural. Be asking yourself where is the light coming from? Where would it be illuminating, and where would be in shadow? Then use this to guide your editing process.