Photography tip: how to achieve a “hazy/bright&fresh” look


One of  my favorite things to photograph is flowers in vases.

I don’t know why. I guess because the result of said photo is such a bright and fresh look.


I shot both of these photographs in some amazing natural light. Which definitely helps when you’re trying to achieve a look like this.

But I also have another way of getting shots like this when it comes to editing! I always love a good Photoshop Action but sometimes I just want to completely customize my own edits. So I taught myself a little something. And I figured I’d share it with ya!

Oh, and I do not claim to be any sort of pro at this photography or editing stuff. I’m just sharing with you a method I learned by myself that I have come to really love!

*Note: these are tips based off of using Photoshop Elements

TIP #1 – shoot in RAW. Because when you shoot in RAW and open your images in Photoshop, you get a chance to change some basic, yet detailed things about your photo like contrast, brightness, temperature, white balance, clarity, and MUCHO more.

To open your RAW image in Elements, click “open image(s)” in the bottom right hand corner.


TIP #2Use an Adjustment Layer. To do this you need to select the “Layer” tab at the top of your Photoshop Elements toolbar and hover over the “New Adjustement Layer”.


This gives you multiple options here but the two I normally choose are “Levels” or “Brightness/Contrast”.

Once you click those, it brings up a “New Layer” box.


You can name your layer, if you like. It helps keep things organized.

Before you hit “Ok”, you want to choose a “mode”.

And this, my friends, is the trick of how I achieve photos like this:

hollys hydrangeas 2

The mode I choose is “screen”.

Once you do that, you will see a “brightness” & “contrast” adjustment option in the right hand corner of Elements.


This is where you can adjust the screen to look hazy, or bright, or more contrasted.

And there you have it! A quick and simple way to give your photo a fresh, but not too harsh, edit!



  1. This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing! Your pictures are beautiful by the way! I might have to try this when I get home! :)


  2. These are great tips! You take some beautiful photos and I love to hear how people edit there pictures.

  3. I am your newest follower via the hop. Love your photography, and its always refreshing hearing how someone else does something, esp in PSE – there is so many ways.

    Please stop by and follow me back!

    xoxo, bree

  4. Thanks for the tutorial! Photoshop still regularly eludes me – I can use all the tips I can get!! :)

    Stopping by from the GFC bloghop. :)

  5. thanks for the tips-pinned it :)

  6. Thanks for the tips! I found you via the blog hop and know I’m going to love following you.


  7. Wonderful tutorial, thanks for sharing!! Are you using Photoshop elements? I use CS4, would it work relatively the same?

  8. will save this mentally for the day I get a nice camera and photoshop. someday…


  9. GREAT tips! I am stopping by from the GFC blog hop!

    Caroline @

  10. These are wonderful tips which should be noting it down while taking photo shoots. And I like to take bright color flowers which give more beauty for the picture.

  11. Awesome!! Thank you!! I’ve always wondered about effects like this. I’m fairly new to photography and really want to improve my skills. Your pictures are beautiful and I really appreciate your tutorials!


  12. This is great! Thanks for the tip. I use Elements and am always looking for great tutorials.

  13. Love the tips! I will need to have my hubby read this. He’s very good at taking pictures. Thanks so much for sharing with us @ My favorite posts show off weekend blog party!

    The Wondering Brain

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