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Old 08-12-2011, 02:33 AM
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High Exposure - colour correct with detail.

Hi Everyone,

I need to work on some images shot by a photographer. He has used a nikon camera at a High exposure, which at the moment needs colour correcting. I have oped the file in Bridge/Camera Raw but the exposure setting has to come right down to have some detail in the highlights (clipping).

By doing this the mid-tones start to look very dark, so Im a little unsure the best approach to achieve a food result.

Please could someone take a look at the link provided and comment on how best to correct this raw file using adobe bridge/photoshop.

https://files.me.com/mrlister/e3j6jy

Thanks


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Old 08-12-2011, 03:30 AM
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Re: High Exposure - colour correct with detail.

Hi lister,

Make two conversions of the RAW, one at -3 exposure and the other at the default of zero. Load both images into the same file, the darker one on top. Add a layer mask (filled black) to to the top (darker) layer and use a soft white brush to paint the details back into the sky and white parts. Once you're happy, flatten the image or use adjustment layers to work on the rest of it.

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Old 08-12-2011, 04:46 AM
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Re: High Exposure - colour correct with detail.

Not sure what sort of look you're going for. In this attempt I'm toning down the highlights and shadows with Recovery and Fill and increasing midtone contrast with Contrast and Clarity.

Your strongest highlights are in the overcast sky. Whether they're worth fighting for I don't know, but with Recovery and Exposure they're certainly available if you wish to go the multiple conversion route.
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Old 08-12-2011, 08:45 AM
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Re: High Exposure - colour correct with detail.

Set overall exposure with the exposure slider (alt/option drag to see the clipping; white is all three channels). You don’t want to go too far with Recovery, it will cause some color shifting. You can adjust from there with Fill and to set black, I prefer to use the Shadows slider in curves instead of Black slider. Clarity can be quite helpful for boosting Midtone contrast.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:22 AM
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Re: High Exposure - colour correct with detail.

The suggestions above are all very good. I am not sure what message the photographer is trying to convey with this image but if you are trying to pull more detail out of the shadows while also trying to recover some of the blown highlights, you might want to try some tonemapping software (example shown attached). This scene is a good example of high contrast daylight and I would have taken bracketed exposures to best capture the dynamic range.
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:47 AM
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Re: High Exposure - colour correct with detail.

Woah. A very rare HDR done right!
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Old 08-12-2011, 09:51 AM
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Re: High Exposure - colour correct with detail.

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Woah. A very rare HDR done right!
Thanks! I try to avoid the overcooked and grunge looks.
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:00 AM
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Re: High Exposure - colour correct with detail.

Hi there:

First of all, this is a nice picture. I don't know what you want to do with your image, but IMHO, the problem that you are having with it, is that the image "doesn't have a sky". I played with it, and added a sky with a couple of clouds, (quickly done, not perfect to the detail) and I guess it adds DOF to the image, without the sky the photo looks too flat, and even boring... BTW the image is perfect to give it a kinda Dave Hill look because it is scene... But I don't know if this is what you want to do with it... (in fact I gave it a try and it looks so cool) LOL...

The colors are not a problem, they can be adjusted to your like... I didn't use Camera Raw on this one...

This is just a sample, with sky added...
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:34 PM
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Re: High Exposure - colour correct with detail.

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You don’t want to go too far with Recovery, it will cause some color shifting.
I have it cranked to 100. Which colors do you find problematic?
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Old 08-16-2011, 04:10 AM
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Re: High Exposure - colour correct with detail.

Thanks for all the tips. It's being a bit problematic as the photographer has allowed too much light into the image which has totally blown any highlights. I have about 10 more images all with the same exposure settings which are pretty difficult to achieve good results.

When shooting in the day with extreme light, would you increase the shutter speed?

Thanks again for all your help..
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