When photographing underwater, visibility is often not ideal. Many floating particles also backscatter called are between the camera and the photo subject. Later in Photoshop you can see the many floating particle points in underwater photography, which now light up brightly due to the flashes.

Backscatter remove before
Backscatter remove before Detail
Detail in the right corner

Many floating particles can be removed quickly and easily within minutes during image editing.

The following steps must be carried out in Photoshop:

  • 1. Open the image in Photoshop.
  • 2. Select the “History Brush Tool” tool:
Photoshop history brush tool
  • 3. Menu “Filter”, select “Noise” then select the filter “Dust and Scratches”:
Photoshopdust scratches menu
  • 4. Increase the value of the “Radius” until the bright points in the image disappear:
Photoshop Staub Kratzer vorher
Preview must be activated!
  • 5. The value “5” is often optimal, confirm with Ok:
Photoshop Staub Kratzer nachher
  • 6. In the “Protocol” menu, click on the “Dust and Scratches” menu item:
Photoshop Staub Kratzer anwenden Schritt eins
  • 7. Click on the selection box at the front of the menu item, the symbol of the “History Brush Tool” appears:
Photoshop Staub Kratzer anwenden Schritt zwei
  • 8. Now click on the menu item above the name, the name changes to “History Brush Tool”:
Photoshop Staub Kratzer anwenden Schritt drei
  •  9.In the “Mode” menu, select “Darken”:
Photoshop mode darken
On the left side you can define the brush size (via the symbol).
  • 10. The floating particle dots can be wiped away in large or small areas, depending on the brush size:
Backscatter entfernen nachher Detail

The finished result of the image processing can be seen here: School of fish in the Caribbean