Taking Great Photos. Part 12: Ahead of the Curve(s)

And – for our third, amazing image editing trick, we proudly present “Curves.” I forget who showed me this one – but I didn’t figure this one out on my own. Adjusting the contrast using curves is particularly great for monochromatic images – such as sterling silver on a grey background! – and allows you to punch up the image and make it more dramatic, without sacrificing the integrity of the image. Access the curves dialogue box by selecting Image, Adjustments, Curves, or by pressing Control+M. You will then see a diagonal line on a graph like this. To make …