Common photo problems and how to fix them in Photoshop: #3 My photo is overexposed!

Photoshop overexposure
(Image credit: James Paterson)

It's easy enough to fix underexposure in Photoshop, so surely it should be just as easy to fix overexposure? Not quite! For digital cameras, overexposure is a much more serious problem because highlight detail is very fragile – and once it's gone, you can't get it back. This is why we always recommend photographers shoot raw files – raw files have just a little extra exposure leeway that can allow a small amount of highlight recovery.

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James Paterson

The lead technique writer on Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine and N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, James is a fantastic general practice photographer with an enviable array of skills across every genre of photography. 

Whether it's flash photography techniques like stroboscopic portraits, astrophotography projects like photographing the Northern Lights, or turning sound into art by making paint dance on a set of speakers, James' tutorials and projects are as creative as they are enjoyable. 

He's also a wizard at the dark arts of Photoshop, Lightroom and Affinity Photo, and is capable of some genuine black magic in the digital darkroom, making him one of the leading authorities on photo editing software and techniques.