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 13-15

How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 13

13 Reduce noise
In the Detail panel, double-click the Zoom tool to zoom in to 100%. In Noise Reduction, drag Luminance to 39 and Luminance Detail to 52. Revealing so much detail in the shadows has led to noise, so drag Colour to 73 and Colour Detail to 23.

 

How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 14

14 Paint out noise
The darkest tones in the image will be most affected by noise, so grab the Adjustment Brush from the toolbar again and set a new pin over the darkest tones. Paint a mask over the shadow areas, then set Noise Reduction to +45. Reset all other sliders.

 

How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 15

15 Apply some sharpening
Go to the Sharpening sliders. Set Amount to 48, hold Alt and drag the Radius slider for a greyscale view of the image’s edges. Set Radius to 0.8 and Detail to 50. Hold Alt and drag the Masking slider for a view of masked areas. Drag Masking to 33.

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