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 16-18

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.

 

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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