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 7-9

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.

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

READ MORE

5 things you need to know before shooting raw files
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 review
Adobe Lightroom 4 review
Photoshop Curves Tool: 6 techniques every photographer must know