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Hazy Image Repair

By Larry Becker  ·  November 6th, 2012

What happens when you take an image that appears too hazy to fix? Larry walks you through some easy steps to repair a foggy photo!

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31 Replies to Hazy Image Repair:

  1. sam

    November 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I can’t open my Jpeg as Camera RAW following your instructions. I am in elements 10 and my options don’t look the same as shown. When I change file types I am notified that PE can’t find the file.

    • Lee

      November 9, 2012 at 6:37 am

      May I suggest two things:
      1) make sure your photo (file) has .JPG or .JPEG as a suffix to its title. If it doesn’t, you can add it; just make sure you attach the suffix without a space between it and the title.
      2) Try dragging your photo to the desktop. Then navigate via PSE (your version) to FIle (in menu bar) > Open (I always use column view) > Your photo. In the bottom left of the dialog box, go to the “Format” menu; there select “Camera Raw” from the options. Now hit open. Be sure to always select your photo before you choose the format. Otherwise, it will open automatically as a JPEG, and you’ll have wasted your time.

  2. Christine

    November 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Try opening in ‘Open As’ then clicking on Camera Raw. It worked for me but I’m on PSE11. When I just clicked on ‘Open’ even though I chose Camera Raw in the drop down list it still opened as a jpeg.

  3. Christine

    November 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Why don’t I have the ‘Recovery’ or ‘Full light’ slider in Camera Raw in PSE11?

    • Julie

      November 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

      Hi Christine,

      Recovery and Fill Light were found in previous versions of Camera Raw. PSE11 has the updated version of Camera Raw and those sliders have been replaced. Instead of Recovery to recover detail in the lighter areas, try dragging the Highlights slider to the left. If you want to bring out detail in shadowed areas, you can try dragging the Shadows slider to the right.

      If you want to try and follow along with Larry using the exact same sliders, you can convert the image to the older process version from within the Camera Raw dialog. To do that, click the little camera icon (Camera Calibration Panel) found under the histogram and change Process from 2012 (Current) to 2010. The 2010 process version has the same sliders used in the video.

      • Christine

        November 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

        Thanks Julie – I just didn’t want to miss out on anything. I’ll try what you recommend with the highlights and shadows sliders first before getting ‘all technical’. :)

  4. Joseph

    November 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I have Elements 9. I opened my picture file using “camera raw” in the format box as you directed. The screen looks the same as if I had opened it with the .jpg option. None of the sliders are present nor is the histogram.

    I’m excited about the opportunity for haze removal. I would appreciate your help.

    • Lee

      November 9, 2012 at 6:39 am

      I also have PSE9 and use Camera Raw “all the time”. May I suggest two things:

      1) make sure your photo (file) has .JPG or .JPEG as a suffix to its title. If it doesn’t, you can add it; just make sure you attach the suffix without a space between it and the title.

      2) Try dragging your photo to the desktop. Then navigate via PSE (your version) to FIle (in menu bar) > Open (I always use column view) > Your photo. In the bottom left of the dialog box, go to the “Format” menu; there select “Camera Raw” from the options. Now hit open. Be sure to always select your photo before you choose the format. Otherwise, it will open automatically as a JPEG, and you’ll have wasted your time.

  5. Steve

    November 6, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Awesome stuff Larry!!! I can not wait to try this.

  6. Alice

    November 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    for some reason my computer wont play this.. Ive played the other help videos. can you help?

  7. Barry

    November 7, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I tried to do this repair in PSE 11 but I do not see any REPAIR Slider. Can you provide additional guidance or do you have to use earlier version?

    • Julie

      November 13, 2012 at 9:21 am

      Hi Barry,

      The Camera Raw version in PSE11 does indeed have different sliders than seen in the video but it can be done in PSE11 too. You might want to check the suggestions I gave Christine in a reply above.

  8. Kathy

    November 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I also was having trouble till I read Christine,s post, open in save as. That worked. But
    I got to step no 5. It says close this image window, well do you want to save it pops up. Do I save it.

    I got to close this image window by going in file>close. Is that correct way to close it? If so, do I save it. I am lost doing this. Worked for steps 1-4 Thank you Christine.

  9. Kathy

    November 7, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Guess I wrote too soon. I did it, with the help of Christine (open as) and the cheatsheet, and the video (which clearly said do not save!) I fixed a very hazy pic. Will continue to get better at this. It really makes a difference I used Elements 10 Thanks. Kathy

  10. Mendel A

    November 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    This is a wonderful explanation Larry. Always forget to use the camera raw now and again to enhance photos. Thanks for the movie. I reproduced the photo from the Acrobat file “cheat sheet” but it was even worse than the photo that you were working from. But it still worked.
    NOTE: I am still trying to get use to the new Photoshop EL 11 but noticed that it took a bit more time to load the JPEG image as a camera raw image. Don’t know if this will improve in time but we shall see.
    Still have PH EL 10 in the system so I can work from both.

    Hope to see all your takes on the new Photoshop 11 as I am getting tired of having to depend on Adobe TV.

    Del Kahan
    11/07/12

  11. Louise

    November 8, 2012 at 10:51 am

    This is awsome. I’ll give it a try for sure. Thank you,

  12. JoAnn

    November 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I am hoping to try this. I usually shoot in Raw, but there are times when I have to shoot in JPEG or I forget to change back to Raw. I have photo Elements 10. Thanks for doing this Video. Please continue to more of these kind of videos.

  13. Bob

    November 8, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Where Larry clicks on the photo that is open in full edit, the photo goes away. I don’t seem to be able to click and have the photo clear from the screen.
    I have never had an occasion to do this and I cannot figure out how he made it disappear. I understand the steps, just cannot figure our how to remove the photo so I can reopen it in camera raw. Guess I can do this in round about steps, but I want to know how he did it.
    I really need this technique, I have a lot of photo’s that need this help.

    Think I missed this part in my potty training. :-)

    • Julie

      November 13, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Hi Bob,

      I think Larry probably used a keyboard shortcut rather than a click to close the image. Ctl W (Cmd W) closes the open file.

      • Bob

        November 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

        Thanks Julie,

        I finally figured it out. Was very tired that night and not using my asleep brain.

        However, I have tried every thing in the book and every work around I can think of, but still cannot get a non RAW file to open in RAW.
        It is just old files I want to use this on because I cannot tell you the last time my camera was set on anything but RAW and manual.

        Thanks for the help.

      • Julie

        November 16, 2012 at 6:21 am

        Bob, are you on a PC or Mac?

  14. JoAnn

    November 9, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    On November the 8th, I watched the video on Hazy Image Repair and could not wait to try taking an jpeg image and saving it as a camera raw to work on. I went into Photo Ëlements 10, went under File, Open, Selected a jpeg picture, chose format Camera Raw. Note came up :File not found. Check the file name and try again. Why is this happening? I have an Olympus SLR E620. Please advise. (P.S. Is there another way I could do this? I do shoot in camera raw most of the time, but older pictures I took with my SLR in jpeg, I would like to try and redo to make better with the sliders in camera raw. Also, I could not change the jpeg pictures taken with a cannon point and shoot camera.)

    • Cindy

      November 16, 2012 at 7:41 am

      I also have PSE10, and I found that if I used File>Open As, found the photo, and selected Camera Raw, it opened just as in the video.

  15. Cindy

    November 16, 2012 at 7:39 am

    What a great tutorial! I have so many pictures with haze that I can’t use in publishing our newsletter, and you just opened up a whole new world to me! Thank you so much for this. Keem ‘em coming!

  16. Bill

    November 24, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I followed the advice to use “open as” and the next thing that came up was a options box wanting me to select the height and width in pixels. When I do that it opens but the photo is replaced with random black and white dots. OK, maybe I don’t understand the advice, can you explain further?

  17. jean

    November 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

    WONDERFUL. Fixed SO MANY pictures for me! I also used “open as” to get the camera raw panel to come up! Worked beautifully!

  18. Ray

    December 26, 2012 at 4:55 am

    Hi,
    Could Larry (or anyone?) please tell me what the significance is of opening this image in Camera Raw?
    Does Camera Raw have greater ability to fix a hazy image such as this one?
    Would the results not have been as good if PSE was used?
    I would appreciate your answers.
    Thank you,
    Ray

  19. Chuck

    January 23, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Could you redo this video using Elements 11? Some of the raw editor sliders you use in the video like recovery & brightness don’t exist in Elements 11. I’ve been trying to emulate what you did in the video in Elements 11 but I can’t get the haziness out of the photo as you did in the video using Elements 10.

  20. Arthur

    February 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Larry,
    I followed the directions FILE – Open but could not get the Camera RAW Editor. Searched through HELP,your tutorials etc.and after 2 hours happened on “Using Camera Raw on JPEG Images” tutoial by Matt Kloskowski, June,2009. The instruction there, one addd word made all the difference in the world. FILE – OPEN AS. That little word “AS” made all the difference in the world.
    Now I’m looking forward to follwing your tutorial.
    Just wanted to let you know.
    Art

  21. Richard

    March 5, 2013 at 1:14 am

    Great idea combining the 2 images, I never would have thought of that technique using Camera Raw. Camera Raw has become so useful & works so well with PSE I’m starting to wonder how much I really need LR.

  22. Jose

    January 23, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Very nicely done… Thank you!

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