Lightroom Dehaze Tool

The latest parade to the Adobe is the Lightroom Dehaze tool.  It has been speculated and teased about for some time. Below is the Adobe BLOG description of what the tool can do.

Julieanne Kost comments:

“The new Dehaze control can help you to dramatically improve an image by removing haze. The Dehaze technology is based on a physical model of how light is transmitted, and it tries to estimate light that is lost due to absorption and scattering through the atmosphere. For the best results, you’ll want to set the white balance for the image before using Dehaze. Then, in the Effects panel, move the slider to the right – to easily remove the haze from the original scene. Move the slider to the left to add a creative haze effect.You can choose to make very subtle to very significant adjustments – if you’re pushing the slider to the extreme, you might want to refine the image using the Basic panel (increasing the shadow detail or refining the Vibrance slider) in order to achieve the exact look that you’re after.”

For me is has opened further options to get finer detail and overall impact from certain images that have mid morning or ocean haze visible. Here is an example of where I found the tool useful in recovering detail of an iconic destination:

Raw File straight out of camera

Lightroom Dehaze Tool example by andrew aveley in Amboseli of Mount Kilimanjaro and a Elephant

Dehaze applied +25

Dehaze applied +50

Final Image with simple processing applied

Lightroom Dehaze Tool example by andrew aveley in Amboseli of Mount Kilimanjaro and a Elephant

I hope you find it useful and it can add another smile arrow to your photographic development quiver

Peace and Light – AA