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Jide Alakija  [admin] 
Recovering underexposed highlights
31 Aug 2006 at 01:44 GMT
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One of the problems you encounter when you take some shots is the lack of light in some parts that you want to stand out. I thought I'd use this shot to explain how I recover some more light using a curves adjustment layer.

Take for example my image here">

Using the Lasso tool you can select the area with low light.">

Now you select the "create fill or adjustment layer" button on the layers panel. as in here">

Select "curves".">

Then lift the curve from the middle up till you get the bow as shown.">

Our final image, now we have recovered the lost hightlight. You can do this as well for areas where there is too much light by following the same steps but this time instead of lifting the curve you depress it.

Good luck
re: Recovering underexposed highlights
8 Sep 2006 at 23:16 GMT
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This is very helpful Jide....Thanks!
re: Recovering underexposed highlights
1 Aug 2008 at 07:55 GMT
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good tip...i cnt view ur sample shots though
Lyndah Wells 
re: Recovering underexposed highlights
16 Sep 2009 at 20:24 GMT
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I have recently discovered Adobe Lightroom & this has increased my workflow 100%. Whether I'm shooting RAW or JPG, to discover lost highlights I simply use the fill light slider or recovery slider. But there are many FREE presets online that make PP'ing an art in itself.
re: Recovering underexposed highlights
10 Jun 2017 at 16:25 GMT
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Wow! I'm actually impressed by the way you detailed out every little thing. It really is genuinely going to assist me a lot. Thanks for sharing your thoughts so clearly.

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