It's difficult to find the perfect lighting when taking a picture. You do not always have studio lights – or at all – and you're not always out during the golden hour. How can you fight lighting problems without having to wait for a well-lit condition? Do it in the mail. With Adobe Photoshop Express, you can easily correct and even adjust the lighting in your photos with the right settings.
There are usually two main lighting issues in a photo. Either the picture is too light or too dark. Another common problem, however, is the temperature, the overall color of the image. With just a few horsepower Express features on Android and iOS, you can tackle all these issues and get neutral, toned photos, even if your lighting was not perfect when shooting.
: Set Exposure
with When you open the PS Express app on your iPhone or Android phone, select the photo you want to edit. If you try to correct the overall lighting, you should first visit the "Exposure" tool. You can find them in the settings menu (the register icon with the sliders).
When photographing, the exposure refers to how much light falls into the lens when you take your photo. In Photoshop Express, the exposure controls determine the overall brightness of the image.
Adjust the slider to the left or right. If your photo is too dark, you need to increase the exposure (go to the right). If it is too bright, you have to turn it down (to the left). One helpful tip when dealing with exposure is to make sure you never adjust it so far in one direction that the whites or blacks in your image lose their details. We call this "washed out".
Step 2: Adjust Contrast  Contrast refers to the difference between the light and dark values a picture. Adjusting the contrast does not adjust the brightness but the distance between light and dark. If you reduce the contrast, your picture will be more vintage. If you increase the contrast, you will get a picture with rich colors and iridescent colors.
In the Settings menu, tap the Contrast slider and adjust the slider. A helpful tip when dealing with contrast is when the image is "washed out" (turned to the left), the contrast can help restore some of the lost details. Another reason to reduce the contrast would be to create a vintage look.
Increasing the contrast (to the right) increases the brightness of the image's colors and makes it easier to distinguish the brightness ranges between light and dark areas. Adjust this slider to your image and taste.
Next, we'll have the "Highlights" tool which adjusts only the brightest areas of the image. The "Whites" tool does the same, but has a wider gamut than "Highlights". These two work hand in hand to fix the lights in a picture, so they are grouped together in one step.
If the brightness in your image appears too light or too dark, play with both "highlights" and "white" until the brightness of your image becomes more evened.Take care not to wash out the image.
Same as the previous combination of options, the Shadow tools work and "blacks" hand in hand to fix the illumination at the other end of the spectrum. "Shadow" only fills the darkest parts of the image. "Blacks" does the same, but has a wider gamut than "Shadows."
Play with these two sliders to find the right balance of darkness for your image.
Another reason for lighting a photo is the color temperature. If you take a picture in low light, the temperature will usually change too warm. On the other side of the coin, under fluorescent lights, a photo may look too cool.
Select the "Temperature" slider and adjust the bar accordingly. To fix a too warm photo, slide the temperature bar towards the cool (blue) direction (to the left). If your photo is too cool, slide the bar in the warm (yellow) direction (to the right).
Another option To correct the lighting in an image, especially if you have a particular type of lighting in mind, consists of using filters that Adobe calls "looks" in Photoshop Express. However, filters are not always a quick fix.
If you want to use a filter, you may need to make some adjustments first to get the right effect. Scroll to the Looks tab (the interconnected circles) at the bottom of the screen. For lighting effects, you'll want to use only the filters in the White Balance category, but you can get to know all the filters in Photoshop Express in of my previous tutorial.
After you've worked with your Magi on the lighting issues, do not forget to save your photo when you're done, and share it if you want.