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In this movie, I want to take a look at a few techniques that we can use in order to improve exposure. Well let's start by working on this photograph here. This one was captured, in natural and available light, and because of that, notice that there are some areas, some highlights and some shadows that I want to reduce, or diminish. To do that, let's work with the adjustment brush. Click on the adjustment brush icon. Then, what I want to work on first are the shadows. So, I'll click and drag to brighten up those shadows. And I'll go ahead and bring those up to about 40, and we'll scroll down to our brush characteristics here. We'll decrease the brush size.
Keep the feather amount pretty high, but we'll bring down the flow. By having a low flow amount, it will allow us just to start to paint over the image in some pretty broad ways. Here, as I start to paint, we can see the first pin there is right on his chin. It's a little bit distracting, so we can get rid of that by pressing the V key. The V key allows us to toggle the visibility of that on and off. Again, all I'm looking to do here is just to brighten up some of these shadows These are pretty subtle adjustments so far, here's before and then here's after. Well after having made one adjustment I also want to make another. Yet rather than clicking on the New button, what you can do to create another adjustment is to select the type of adjustment you want to work on, say for example, shadows.
Perhaps we want to work on these smaller shadows here. We'll just click on this icon in order to create a new adjustment. Notice it created a new adjustment brush for us, and also it can apply this at a new amount. Then I'll decrease the brush size, and as I decrease my brush size, notice that I can't quite get a smallest enough brush. Notice that it turns into crosshairs. What we need to do is zoom in on the image. So press Cmd+Plus on a Mac or Ctrl+Plus on Windows. Now the brush shows up, and now I can start to work on these areas. So sometimes you can change your brush size, so to speak, by zooming in on the photograph.
It actually doesn't change the size, it just changes that zoom rate so that you can then paint in the adjustment that you want to work on. In this case I'm just working on a few little shadows here. All I'm trying to do here is just diminish some of these shadows. Tap the right bracket key to make this a little bit bigger, and again I'm going for a natural and subtle look. So these aren't too over the top. Next I want to work on the highlights. So rather than clicking on the new button I'll click on the minus icon for highlights and click and drag this to the left. This will allow me to create a new adjustment which will sort of allow us to bring down the brightness of those highlights.
Looks like I need to take that even further and paint a few more times over these highlights just to diminish the brightness of a few of those. Also paint over the jacket a little bit here, bring in some more detail. Again some shuttle adjustments but nonetheless some helpful improvements, let's press the V key to hide all those pins and click on the preview check box before and here is after ,and with this image really what I wanted to highlight how we could make shuttle adjustments. And also how we could start to stack up multiple adjustments in order to build up the effect.
Sometimes, that's what you'll want to to do in order get into specific areas, especially when it comes to exposure. Also, keep in mind when you're working on exposure, it's helpful to work with the really soft-edged brush, and to work with a really low flow amount you can subtlety paint in all of those adjustments. Alright, now that we've finished up our work on this image we'll go ahead and continue our conversation about working with exposure and correcting exposure in the next movie.
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