Raw Tuesday: what to edit (and when) in Adobe Camera Raw

What to edit (and when) in Adobe Camera Raw: essential advice for how to process raw files to get the best results

How to Edit Raw Files, 5-6: Recovering lost highlight detail

 

What to edit (and when) in Adobe Camera Raw: essential advice for how to process raw files to get the best results

The extra data in raw files makes them ideal for recovering highlight detail. There are two main controls you can use to achieve this: 

5 Exposure slider
This shifts the whole tonal range of the image, so dragging to the left gives more highlight detail, but it will also shift the entire tonal range down and you may lose detail in the shadows.

It’s great 
for rescuing slightly over-exposed shots, rather than recovering highlight detail alone.

6 Recovery slider
The Recovery slider only affects the highlights of your image. It recovers detail that is included 
in the raw file but is beyond the range visible in the normal image.

Again, just be careful you don’t get carried away with the Recovery slider, as you can end up making the original shot worse.

PAGE 1: The best order for editing raw files
PAGE 2: Adjust white balance
PAGE 3: Correct exposure
PAGE 4: Recover lost highlight detail
PAGE 5: Recover lost shadow detail
PAGE 6: Sharpen the image

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