What's the best (easiest/cheapest/most realistic) way to turn an over-exposed sky more blue in my digital photographs?
June 26, 2012 6:30 AM Subscribe
What's the best (easiest/cheapest/most realistic) way to turn an over-exposed sky blue in my digital photographs? I know it's possible to use Photoshop to do this, but I don't own that software, and I'd rather not buy it if there's a cheaper, easier way to do this. I do use iPhoto, but I couldn't find a way to do it with that. Importantly - I'm hoping to find a solution that makes this easy enough to do for LOTs of photos. I would consider something like Aperture or Lightroom if that's a good option.
posted by stuehler to computers & internet (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I use iPhoto, but I'm very novice (I wouldn't be surprised to discover that I can do it with that tool, but I have no idea how...).
I have Pixelmator, but haven't been able to figure out how to do it with that tool either (I've seen detailed tutorials that involve creating additional layers with blue skies, then masking regions in your original photographs, but that's too much work to do for more than a handful of photographs).
I'd definitely consider purchasing Aperture, Lightroom, or Photoshop Elements if they make this easy, but Photoshop ($699) is not in my budget.
I'm not looking for perfection - I don't need to replace a white sky with cerulean blue and big puffy white cumulus clouds - I'm just hoping for something that adds a little more color and vibrancy to photos of friends and family that I take outdoors.
I remember seeing a demo of iPhoto on iPad that did something like this, but I'm really hoping to find desktop software (I love my iPad, but for reading and browsing only; it's too much of a hassle to work it into my photo flow - organizing, uploading, backing up, etc...)
Thanks in advance!