Adobe has many great Photoshop tools, also available in Lightroom. One of my personal favourites is the fantastic dehaze tool. This is a relatively recent addition to the tool kit, but a very welcome one indeed.

Why dehaze your photos?

Have you ever thought on certain days how wonderfully clear everything is? The sky, the land etc… That is because there is no haze. But more often than not, there is some haze in the air. This can be due to a build up of dust, heat and/or humidity. Remember the song, those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer? Well, in summer particularly there is often a lot of haze about. But even at other times of the year it can be hazy, especially around water. While the sky is lovely and blue, or at sunset nice and pink, it can often be dampened by some haze. This dampening is exacerbated when taking a photograph. Digital cameras today are so good that they capture every little detail, including the haze, making the scene that you see and visualize much hazier than it actually is.

Getting rid of haze in photos

How do we get rid of haze in photos? Firstly you can use a polarizing filter to reduce the haze, which is a must of course. But you can also go one step further in post processing and use the dehaze tool.

Here are some examples of what you can do with it:

Sunset at Lake Bled's island church with the Karavank Mountains behind, Slovenia.





Want to know how to do it?

Sit back, relax and watch my video tutorial on how to use the dehaze tool in both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom:

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Using the Dehaze tool – One of Adobe’s Great Photoshop Tools