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The Power Of The Dehaze Tool Examined | Easy To Use & Easier To Abuse

By Kishore Sawh on June 22nd 2015

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Whenever Adobe would release an update to any of its photo apps, Lightroom and Photoshop specifically, there was always a torrent of chatter beforehand on message boards and in the parents’ basements of grown men who lived in them about what they wanted, how terrible the current incarnation was, and inevitably, lots of speculation and conspiracy theories about what was coming next.

The thing about conspiracy theories is that they are like much of what comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth, useless and uninterrupted by fact. This behavior also tends to set the stage for disappointment, like hearing how great a movie is before seeing it – sometimes it’s hard for anything to live up to the hype. Adobe CC, however, has been delivering the goods consistently.

We’ve mentioned Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw’s flashy new De-haze tool a few times, we’ve seen the marketing before/after images, and some of us have put it to work. In case you haven’t, and you haven’t seen just how powerful this thing is, New York City-based photographer, Grant Friedman has recently shared a video showing the tool ‘saving’ and image. It’s impressive.

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What seems to stand out most, is that fears that this tool was little different from the Contrast Slider have been vanquished, because it’s as clear as the ‘after’ image that there’s more to this tool than deepening the darks and upping the lights. It does, in my experience, tend to induce too much over-saturation for my liking, so look out for that.

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Here’s the thing to consider, however, and in the spirit of everything Jurassic of late, many people I’ve seen using this were, “so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” Don’t be them. Don’t be INGEN. Be Malcolm. Use temperance.

Source: Grant Friedman YouTube

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dave Haynie

    This really has got a ton of attention. DxO ProOptics has had this for quite some time, I think theirs works a little better, and yet, it seems to be completely unknown. Of course, drop something into Lightroom and EVERYONE hears about it. And sure, if this does the job, I’m going to use the one in Lightroom. Some of my go-to tools, like those I use for pans and HDR, are becoming even more specialty tools, as Lightroom brings some of the basis in a very good and useful form (eg, everything still operating on raw files).

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  2. Eric Sharpe

    I used it on some shots I took this weekend, and I think I might have overdid it just a touch. Guilty as charged. You can’t really see it when you’re excited about using it. It didn’t really hit me until I’d posted the images online, and then I began to have second thoughts about how over saturated the images looked.

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  3. Nate Castner

    Did I really just watch a how to video on a single slider? :)

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  4. Tyler Friesen

    I used this feature on a backlight family shoot during a wedding the other day and it worked amazing! It just cleaned up the image slightly bringing a little bit more clarity to the subjects. I can see this being very helpful for those weddings that the bride doesn’t care if its high noon and theres no shade, this way I can still turn my subjects backs to the sun for some pretty great results for a bad situation. Im happy its a new feature.

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  5. Scott Kretschmann

    For anyone who has upgraded to this one, did it fix the laggy LR problems and the slowness that LRCC brought on in its first release?

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  6. J. Dennis Thomas

    I’m curious as to why the “de-haze” slider is all the rage. How many unintentionally hazy/foggy images have you shot in the past week/month/year? I can’t think of any on my part. Granted it isn’t really hazy where I live, but is haze *THAT* big of a problem?

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    • Dustin Baugh

      I don’t think it’s all the rage, it’s just the only “New feature” besides performance enhancements so there isn’t much else to talk about.

      And even if it’s rarely used it’s still nice to have that rare time if you need it. I tried it out on photos that were a bit off due to a local forest fire, it cleaned things up well and still left enough smoke to give a good feel of the reality of the image. Like anything don’t be a bad photographer and jack it up to 100.

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  7. Jesper Ek

    The more bad photos out there the more work for us!

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  8. Graham Curran

    Every tool will at some time be used to excess. Finding the right point to stop – and then backing off – requires self control and a critical eye.

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