See the Dramatic Results of Lightroom’s Dehaze Feature On Underwater Photos

Jul 6, 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 the Dramatic Results of Lightroom’s Dehaze Feature On Underwater Photos

Jul 6, 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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DIYP has been following the Lightroom/Photoshop dehaze saga since before it was released in the public update.  Now, we bring you the next installment.

Photographer Christian Mairitsch (who also has some breathtaking landscape images in his Flickr stream) decided to go below the surface with the new feature.  Literally.  In a dynamic proof of its capabilities, Christian put the feature to the test on underwater images, with excellent results.

The original photo, shot in JPEG with a Nikon Coolpix AW120, is extremely hazy, partly from waterborne particles as well as the sun’s refraction through the water.  But, much of the detail within the image is completely lost.

Taking the photo into Lightroom, though,  Christian was able to recover an astonishing amount of detail extending from the foreground all the way to the background.

What stands out to me the most is the amount of detail and clarity that is brought out in the subtle nuances of the scene, particularly the bubbles in the background and the waves on the water’s surface.  It creates an almost other-wordly feeling and a stark contrast to the original.

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A close crop showing the background detail revealed after using the dehaze slider.

As we keep seeing more impressive results like this, I just have to wonder how long it will be before Premiere will get a similar update.

You can see more of Christian’s work on Flicker, or follow him on Twitter.

[Lightroom Dehaze by Christian Mairitsch]

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10 responses to “See the Dramatic Results of Lightroom’s Dehaze Feature On Underwater Photos”

  1. Daphne Laput Avatar
    Daphne Laput

    Is this slider “out” yet?

    1. Tony T-Fiz Carter Avatar
      Tony T-Fiz Carter

      Yep, it’s available in the 2015 LR6 CC version, but not the standalone version.

    2. Daphne Laput Avatar
      Daphne Laput

      Just saw I was due for a CC update!

    3. Roy Mckee Avatar
      Roy Mckee

      Only for Lightroom CC users, unless you cheat and get the filters that activate it in Lightroom 6.1

  2. udi tirosh Avatar
    udi tirosh

    I would love to see this in Premiere

  3. Bjørn Breitzke Avatar
    Bjørn Breitzke

    Only in LR CC, not in LR 6.1. Thanks Adobe.

  4. 孟恬 Avatar
    孟恬

    Will we get a demo of every type of picture with this now x.X

  5. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
    Petar Maksimovic

    So how much does it impact the quality? Because it looks very doable with tools already present in LR just with some extreme values.

  6. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    I was just wondering about this. If you want to use it on video footage and can’t wait, you can always export frames to JPG, run a batch through Lightroom and recompile them.

  7. Yugo Nakai Avatar
    Yugo Nakai

    I’ve been able to dehaze photos manually for years in any program by simply adjusting levels and contrast (plus sometimes saturation).