thebaz Registered User
#1

Question for the experts ?

when brightening an image do you use a combination of both Levels and Curves ?

or just exclusively one or the other ?

Thanks
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5uspect Moderator
#2

You can do everything levels can with curves, just use straight curves. So I just use curves most of the time. Levels is still useful however.

CabanSail ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ ʎɹobǝʇɐɔ
#3

I use curves through a mask, as per the Guy Gowan method. I'm not an expert but he is.

Fajitas! Registered User
#4

Both... and lots of 'em...

thebaz Registered User
#5

Fajitas! said:
Both... and lots of 'em...


so you'd use both on the same image ? would you not be better using one or the other ?
or do the combine well together when editing an image ?

Covey Registered User
#6

I'm no expert both both on the same image as well, generally Levels first and then curves. Bringing the sliders on levels to the edges of the graph makes a huge difference. Auto Levels does this pretty well actually.

Just remember curves is very powerful and is not just a brightning/darkning tool.

kjt Registered User
#7

Fajitas! said:
Both... and lots of 'em...


+1

smelltheglove Registered User
#8

As I progress more I am leaning more often to curves but in stages, I rarely do what I want in one go of curves unless I get a perfect shot

Gambler Registered User
#9

Are there any good tutorials any of you would recommend on how to effectively use levels and curves? I've used a bit of both but only to replicate effects I've seen done before and I don't REALLY understand what I'm doing properly

smelltheglove Registered User
#10

Well I always go by the trial and error method honestly, works for me.

CabanSail ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ ʎɹobǝʇɐɔ
#11

Gambler said:
Are there any good tutorials any of you would recommend on how to effectively use levels and curves? I've used a bit of both but only to replicate effects I've seen done before and I don't REALLY understand what I'm doing properly



I would reccomend the Guy Gowan DVD's

Bought them earlier this year for €60 ea

They are a lot cheaper now, if you know where to get them.

His techniques are non-destructive & logical.

Gambler Registered User
#12

Just found a couple of his dvds, which one would be the place to start when it comes to levels and curves? "Cosmetic Techniques" seems to be more about portraits or would it also be of use for landscape\general pictures.

CabanSail ɹoʇɐɹǝpoɯ ʎɹobǝʇɐɔ
#13

I would probably start with the Colour to Mono DVD. That one concentrates on contrast.

Gambler Registered User
#14

Interesting, I'm not a big fan of black and white\sepia photos myself (I'm more about the interesting colours when I can get them!) but it might be a good way to get to grips with some of the principles yeah?

ThOnda Registered User
#15

Levels, curves. And curves on selections/masks in GG style.
I have to second that Colour to Mono DVD. It was my first one and I can't wait for Santa to bring me the other two ones.

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