Whenever I take a photo, I would use the Auto Tune, Auto Contrast and Auto Color functions in Photoshop to make the image looks better.

Auto Tone, Auto Contrast, and Auto Color in Photoshop

Auto Tone, Auto Contrast, and Auto Color function in Photoshop.

However, lately, I realize that the auto level might not make my pictures look better.  Here are some original photos and compare with how they like after Photoshop.  I like the original ones better.  The color is more warm and vivid.

 

I personally like the original better.  After Photoshop, I noticed the color is duller and not as lively.  I think Photoshop added more blue to the image.  I prefered the original showing the lush, green grass.

I like the original better. After Photoshop, I noticed the color is duller and not as lively. I think Photoshop added more blue to the image. I prefered the original showing the lush, green grass.


 

In this picture, Photoshop added more blue-ish to the background and make the grass duller.

In this picture, Photoshop added more blue-ish to the background and make the grass duller.


 

After Photoshop, the grass is duller.

After Photoshop, the grass is duller.

This goes to show that we can’t just automate this process.  I still need to use my own eyes to judge what is good.

However, this doesn’t mean that Photoshop cannot make your picture looks better. Here’s an example of how the image looks a lot vivid after Auto Tune, Auto Contrast and Auto Color. I do wish I can automate this but I think it is best to test each photo to make sure the ‘automatic’ process in Photoshop is enhancing the picture.

Noticed the color is brighter and more vivid after Auto Tune, Auto Contrast and Auto Color in Photoshop.

Noticed the color is brighter and more vivid after Auto Tune, Auto Contrast and Auto Color in Photoshop.