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 7-12

How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 7

07 Brighten the land
Paint over the land to make a mask, using the ] and [ square bracket keys to resize your brush tip as you paint (hold Shift and use the bracket keys to resize the feather area). Hold Alt and paint to erase parts of the mask. Hit Y to toggle the mask overlay on or off.

 

How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 8

08 Improve the clouds
Check New at the top right, then click on the bright sky in the centre to set a second pin. Paint a mask over the lightest parts of the sky. Next, double-click on all of the sliders to reset them to their default values, then set Highlights to -10.

 

How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 9

09 Lighten the water
Check New, then set a pin over the bushes. Set Saturation to +40, then paint over the rest of the greenery and the blues in the sky for more intense colours. Set another pin and paint a mask over the water with Highlights set to +44 and Saturation to -15.

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How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 10

10 Clone out the spot
Water on the lens has caused a blob near the tree. Grab the Spot Removal tool, set Type to Clone and Opacity to 100. Click and drag over the mark to form a circle. Drag the second green circle to source from area of similar tone to begin correcting the area.

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How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 11

11 Heal the branches
Make more clone points to copy tones from the sky and land. Look to sample from areas of similar detail and if necessary lower the Opacity setting to blend the tones. Switch Type to Heal and use the tool to remove the branches on the right of the frame.

 

How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 12

12 Set Camera Profile
Double-click the Hand tool to zoom to full screen. Go to the Camera Calibration panel, then click the Camera Profile drop-down. By default this is set to Adobe Standard. Experiment by clicking through the presets. We’ve chosen Camera Standard. Next set Shadows Tint to -15.

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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?