PhotoLift is a Photoshop filter plug-in for enhancing detail and local contrast in digital photographs. How it Works PhotoLift takes advantage of recent advances in non-linear image filtering, enabling the aggressive amplification of local contrast in an image without modification of overall tonality or the creation of artifacts. The filter operates by separating the image into small-scale (detail) and large-scale (base) components. Unlike traditional methods of local contrast enhancement, strong edges in the original image are not represented in the detail component. This allows detail to be manipulated without producing unnatural halos or other artifacts in the vicinity of prominent edges. Furthermore, since the overall tonality of the image is largely contained in the base component, such detail manipulation does not significantly affect the large-scale tonal distribution of the image. Application In practice, PhotoLift finds wide application, and is particularly well-suited to fine-art and landscape photography. PhotoLift can bring out detail and texture, bringing an apparently dull and lifeless image to life. It can also help to mitigate the effects of atmospheric haze in a photograph; similarly, in scenes which include water, it can reduce the effect of reflections and bring out obscured detail beneath the water's surface. PhotoLift can be used as subtly or aggressively as desired.