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 10-12

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.

 

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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