The Complete Guide To The Curves Tool For Landscape Photography
It’s one of the most powerful and dynamic tools for adjusting the color and lightness values of your pixels, but many are completely baffled by the controls..so it’s often passed over for more straightforward tools like the tonal sliders or HSL panel.
In a (very) simplified explanation…curves provide a visual and interactive way to adjust your colors and tones. By adjusting the “curve” of the line, you can instantly brighten or darken selective parts of your image in a feathered and natural way, as well as manipulate hue and saturation.
You can use the curves tool to set new absolute limits for your white and black points. In other words, you can set new “limits” for your highlights and shadows…so when you make adjustments, your tones will not go past that point.
You do need to be careful as to not make too dramatic of a shift as that will flatten detail. For example, if you bring your white point down from 255 to 200….all of the values between 255 and 200 will now be the same.