In a previous video PhotoNERDs discussed a simple way to add contrast to your photograph by using a Curves Adjustment Layer. This technique can add a little bit of punch and magic to the image with boosted levels of whites and blacks. The results will give the impression of richer shadows and increased highlights.

The problem with adding in contrast to a photograph is that too much of it can crush the blacks too far, almost pushing them to pure black. This is also true for overexposing the highlights in certain areas as well. So a killer tip for optimizing control is to apply your image to the mask of the curves adjustment layer for added control and the perfect blend of contrast. The following video will show you how in under 2 minutes.

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