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.

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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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