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Title: Online Photo Enhancement — Forget About Photoshop
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Online Photo Enhancement — Forget
There’s a wide-spread myth about photo
enhancing and what you can do with your
photos using a computer. You’ve seen it many
times before on TV, in series like CSI,
Criminal Minds, NCIS and all those other
“modern” detective series which focus more
and more on technology as a tool to track
down their villains. The FBI has a blurry
image captured by a CCTV camera, and
magically zooms into the photo, and with the
touch of a few buttons, they manage to get a
crystal-clear image of the sought-after
criminal out of the worst possible footage.
Such image enhancing is not possible in the
real world, of course. No camera has an
unlimited capacity for resolution, and you
cannot create photographic data where there is
However, this is not to say that existing image
data cannot be used to make pictures look
better than they do when they are first
captured. In the old days, we had the liberty
(and the time, it seems) to develop images in
our custom-built darkrooms, playing around
with them until they were perfect.
Nowadays, our digital cameras and
smartphones capture high-resolution Images
but don’t give us a chance to be involved in
the initial “developing” process of these shots.
Instead, we are given a final product as an
image file to send to our friends, upload to
social networks, or save to our hard drives for
posterity. What most people don’t realize,
however, that this is just one interpretation of
the captured image, “developed” for us by our
software, and that the image can be made to
look very differently and more visually
appealing by applying a simple set of editing
techniques and methods.
Photo enhancement, as opposed to photo
manipulation, which is the term used to create
illusions or deception by turning Images into
something that they are really not, by adding
effects or elements that were not there at the
original moment of taking the picture, refers to
the tweaking of a digitally captured image, in
RAW or JPG format, by adjusting colors,
contrast, white balance (i.e. gradational
retouching), sharpness, removing flaws on
skin or materials, etc.
The Software which was typically used for
this was no different to heavy commercial
software like Photoshop, Photoscape, The
Gimp, or Corel PaintShop Pro.
But if you just want to enhance your holiday
snapshots, these tools are very costly and the
learning curve is steep even for pros.
Accordingly, and due to the development of
mobile devices as well as the emergence of a
world of photography where everything has to
move more quickly (Picture a scene where
you just took a great shot of someone famous
and want to be the first to upload it to Twitter,
but would like to quickly correct the photo
before you do so), more and more tools have
emerged to make enhancing of your photos
quicker and more painless for the user.
These range from tools built into imaging apps
and photo galleries of modern smartphones
and tablets to online tools like Pics.io which
provide a variety of useful and easy to use
tools that yet produce professional looking
Online photo enhancing tools are considered
the best (and the future of digital image
editing) by many, because online services like
Pics.io provide access to photos from
anywhere, with any device, and combine this
with additional features like RAW processing,
photo sharing and online photo storage, which
please both enthusiasts and professional
The idea, then, has stayed the same: to make
the most of your snapshots without “cheating”
and adding unnatural elements, by leveraging
all the available information to make your
photos look as good as they possibly can. But
you no longer do this in your lonely basement
at home; the new darkroom is in the cloud.