from Pete about airplane pictures
I would love your thoughts on how to improve photos taken from a plane
window through the haze shooting at the ground.
I use Photoshop Elements. I have several shots that I can put
on a site if you need something to work from. I can clean up shots
taken of clouds etc but down through the haze is the problem.
Thanks for contacting better-photographs.com.
This is a tricky one and, as I am sure you will
know, if there is haze then the camera will "see" it.
First things first - never use a polarizing filter
when shooting through an aeroplane window. The material used in the
window also has a polarizing quality which will combine with a camera
filter and almost certainly ruin the photograph. I have found a UV
filter to be the best for this type of shot.
Shooting towards the sun (even if it is behind a
cloud) will also increase the apparent haze of the earth's atmosphere.
Try to have it behind you or at least to the side - this isn't always
possible of course but it well help a lot. That said, sometimes haze
can add an ethereal look to an image.
When using Photoshop Elements, try adjusting
the levels first then increase the contrast and saturation a little.
Finally, if there is flare - which is often
caused by stray light from the window sides or the camera lens, then
it's only cloning that will solve it - if you want to.
All the best,
NOTE (Added August 2015) - The latest versions of Photoshop, Camera RAW and Lightroom have a de-haze function which works well but always strive to reduce haze in the camera before post-processing.