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, 7-8: Recovering lost shadow detail

 

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

There are a couple of ways to recover lost shadow detail in your raw shots, using the Exposure or Fill Light sliders…

7 Exposure slider
This control is perfect for recovering shadow detail in images that are under-exposed, as using it affects the whole tonal range of the image.

Dragging the slider to the right will reveal more shadow detail, but there’s the potential that the highlights will become blown-out, or clipped.

8 Fill Light
The Fill Light control boosts the detail in the shadows without affecting the rest of the tonal range.

Don’t boost them too much, however, as this can make the image look over-processed and also create unsightly haloes around high-contrast areas. Remember, work incrementally.

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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