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 13-18

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.

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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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How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 16

16 Boost the contrast
The image could benefit from punchier tones, so click Tone Curve, then go to the Point tab. Click on the Curve line to set anchor points, then drag them up or down to make a shallow S-shaped curve. The more pronounced the S, the greater the contrast.

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How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 17

17 Add some grain
Fix muddy tones by adding uniform noise with the grain settings in the Effects panel. Set Grain Amount to 10, Size to 7 and Roughness to 25. Go to the Post Crop Vignette sliders and set Style to Highlight Priority and Amount to -9 to darken the corners.

 

How to beat underexposure and rescue shadow detail: step 18

18 Fix colour fringing
Zoom in close to the horizon on the right. There’s a lot of colour fringing caused by chromatic aberration, so go to the Lens Correction panel, then click the Colour tab and check Remove Chromatic Aberration. Click Done or Save Image.

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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?