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If you use Adobe Photoshop, open your photo, then menu Image --> Adjustment --> try to set the Level or Brightness/Contrast.
With other software, more or less the same menu

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Please try rephrasing this question. Do you want dark photos to become lighter, or light photos to become darker using photoshop? You are not clear.

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