When you need to brighten a photo the most obvious place to start is to go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast, or to select this tool on an Adjustment Layer. Brightness/Contrast is a good, simple option to use if the overall image is too dark.
Why are my pictures coming out dark?
Dark images happen when the shutter speed is too fast or the aperture isn’t open enough. Be careful of your camera’s automatic settings. … If your camera creates an image that is too dark, use EV to bump up the brightness. You can also use Manual Mode to manually change the settings.
Why are my photos coming out black?
Learn to use the aperture priority mode and shutter priority mode before going to the manual mode. Black photos are caused mainly due to low ISO in beginners. Increase the ISO to get bright photos. Higher ISO creates more noise, so balancing the other factors is also important.
How can I lighten a picture without overexposing?
In both programs you have the “Image > Adjustment > Shadows / Highlights” option. This process makes it very easy to adjust your mid tones and dark tones without overly brightening your lighter areas. Be careful though, since sometimes this gives images an artificial HDR look when using the default settings.