See What Adobe’s Dehaze Feature Does To a Photo of a Blizzard

Jun 30, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

See What Adobe’s Dehaze Feature Does To a Photo of a Blizzard

Jun 30, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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Adobe’s new dehaze feature has created some buzz around the Interwebs and yielded some interesting results for photographers.  In another layer to this suspenseful saga, photographer Bimal Ramdoyal shared some of his own results with the new tool.

Taking a photo from a blizzard, Bimal upped the dehaze slider to +90 in Photoshop to see what it would do to the snow swirling through the air, and the dramatic results are quite impressive.

Without making any other adjustments, the image is dynamically transformed from a blustery, winter scene into a tranquil, foggy morning. What is most surprising is the amount of vivid details that were able to be reclaimed in the photo, creating an almost HDR-like result.

Bimal also gave it a go another frame from a nearby scene, and, again, the results speak for themselves.

As one commenter had previously stated, perhaps this feature is the “‘make beautiful’ slider” that some photographers have probably been wanting.  Either way, there’s not doubt that this single capability can be a dynamic asset, whether you’re simply looking to remove a little haze or completely transform an image.

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27 responses to “See What Adobe’s Dehaze Feature Does To a Photo of a Blizzard”

  1. Craig Pifer Avatar
    Craig Pifer

    Absolutely amazing the detail that can be brought out that is not apparent in the original.

  2. tonyc0101 Avatar
    tonyc0101

    dang!

  3. Jarret O'Shea Avatar
    Jarret O’Shea

    If it even works half that well in most cases it will be pretty useful.

  4. Luke Avatar
    Luke

    What’s going on along the right edge of each processed image? There appears to be a spot from debris on the lens or sensor, but there is also some discoloration and darkening along that edge. Any thoughts on why that is?

    1. Allen Mowery Avatar
      Allen Mowery

      I’m assuming that the spot along the edge is from some kind of debris or water (the images were shot in swirling snow, after all). And, the only adjustment to the images was the dehaze slider, so no other retouching was performed at this stage.

      As for the darkening, I can’t really answer that.

    2. Bimal Ramdoyal Avatar
      Bimal Ramdoyal

      Hi Luke, yes thats a sensor dirt spot. About the discoloration, im not sure either, someone on the reddit post i made mentioned something about white over white would cause an anomaly during the dehazing process and would change the hue a bit.

  5. Shervin Heitmann Avatar
    Shervin Heitmann

    Mirko Dominik

    1. Dominik Hei Avatar
      Dominik Hei

      das ist doch gephotosopt Kappa

    2. Shervin Heitmann Avatar
      Shervin Heitmann

      :D

  6. Marcus Wolschon Avatar
    Marcus Wolschon

    And it’s still a slap in the face of all Lightroom 6 customers.

    1. Allen Mowery Avatar
      Allen Mowery

      Why do you say that?

    2. Sam Dickinson Avatar
      Sam Dickinson

      No it’s not. Do you have less of a product than you bought? Nope, it has the same features you paid for. It’s been very well known that CC customers will be getting new features as they’re ready rather than in a whole new version.

      1. Marcus Wolschon Avatar
        Marcus Wolschon

        But not the week after and Lightroom 6 contains Dehaze. It’s just not in the user interface. (you can apply it with a fixed setting via a modified preset.
        So it’s not about adding some features half a year later it’s about deliberately deactivated features that are already in there.

        1. Sam Dickinson Avatar
          Sam Dickinson

          It’s not a feature you paid for though. How do you feel about the Canon 1DX vs the 1Dc? Exactly the same hardware, only software that unlocks a total different set of features?

          This happens in most industries. Just minor changes to make different price points for different customers. You still have every feature you paid for, I don’t understand why you consider it a slap in the face.

          1. Marcus Wolschon Avatar
            Marcus Wolschon

            The difference is that I can’t pay for this feature.
            Lightroom 6 is the last version they’ll ever offer as a software you pay for, own and use completely offline forever.
            Lightroom CC isn’t a more expensive premium version of Lightroom 6. It’s supposed to be the same software with a different payment model until the next major release. Not until the next day.

          2. Dee Avatar
            Dee

            You don’t own Lightroom 6.

  • Henrik Heigl Avatar
    Henrik Heigl

    And now we all ask the big question: When will I ever be standing outside of nowhere in a Blizzard and holding my $600,- camera against my eyes and freeze like hell only to take that picture to test the Dehaze Feature properly ;-)

  • Demetris C Christodoulides Avatar
    Demetris C Christodoulides

    Eleni Vadouridou

  • Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    So what happens when you take a picture on a sunny day and apply a -90 dehaze?

    1. Allen Mowery Avatar
      Allen Mowery

      Good question. Any takers? :-)

      1. Jeff Turner Avatar
        Jeff Turner

        I’ve done it, the results vary, but generally you end up with something that looks like an amateur edited it. A small movement, however, actually does some nice things.

  • John Cavan Avatar
    John Cavan

    I’ve tried it out on some Grand Canyon shots and I definitely like the feature. Saves a lot of fussing about.

  • Fred Smith Avatar
    Fred Smith

    I used the dehaze slider with a shot of the Golden Gate Bridge when most of it was covered in fog. Same experience…it cut through the fog with a slight HDR feel.

  • Original VH Fan Avatar
    Original VH Fan

    The article doesn’t mention what type of file was used, I find it hard to believe this could be done with a .jpg, a RAW file for sure.

  • Tom Connor Avatar
    Tom Connor

    I imagine it will be useful for those hazy landscape shots.

    1. Alex McCabe Avatar
      Alex McCabe

      I can’t imagine a more useless comment. That’s exactly what it is for.

  • windeguy Avatar
    windeguy

    Here are presets that expose the dehaze feature in LR 6.1. http://prolost.com/store/dehaze

    It works great!