Conquer Underexposure: how to rescue shadow detail and how to deal with noise

Conquer Underexposure: how to rescue shadow detail and how to deal with noise

How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail – steps 4-6

How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 4

04 Tweak colour brightness
Grab the Targeted Adjustment tool from the toolbar, then right-click in the image window and choose Luminance. Click over a blue tone in the sky, then drag downwards to darken the blues, until the blue slider in the HSL panel reaches to about -21.

 

How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 5

05 Increase the blues
Set Luminance Orange to -28 and Yellow to -19. Right-click with the Targeted Adjustment tool again and choose Saturation. Click on a blue tone in the sky and drag to the right to increase the saturation of the blues and purples until Blues reaches about +53.

 

How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 6

06 Set a pin
Grab the Adjustment Brush. Set Exposure to +0.50, Shadows to +26 and Clarity to +23. Click over the rocks to set a pin. Check Show Mask in the options and ensure Auto Mask is unchecked. Choose a bright colour in the colour box next to Show Mask.

PAGE 1: How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail – steps 1-3
PAGE 2: How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail – steps 4-6
PAGE 3: How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail – steps 7-9
PAGE 4: How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail – steps 10-12
PAGE 5: How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail – steps 13-15
PAGE 6: How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail – steps 16-18

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  • WesleyRiot

    Am I missing something here? There are detailed directions for retouching the image shown at the start of the article, but you dont seem to have provided the image so we can follow the process to the end?