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Correcting exposure


Photoshop CS6 for Photographers: Camera Raw 7

with Chris Orwig

Video: Correcting exposure

Let's now take a look at how we could use the Adjustment Brush in order to fix some exposure issues. In particular with this photograph, it's backlit, so the subject is a bit underexposed, the background is a bit overexposed, and I also want to just paint in a few adjustments into a few areas of the photograph. Well, in order to work with the Adjustment Brush, we can first press the K key in order to select it. The next thing that I want to do is I want to turn on my Highlight Clipping Indicator.
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  1. 9m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Should I use Camera Raw or Photoshop?
      3m 22s
    3. What is Adobe Camera Raw?
      3m 45s
    4. Using the exercise files
  2. 21m 13s
    1. An overview of Bridge and Bridge preferences
      3m 19s
    2. Setting Camera Raw preferences
      3m 9s
    3. Exploring RAW vs. JPEG or TIFF files
      4m 3s
    4. Choosing a native raw file or a digital negative (DNG)
      4m 25s
    5. Converting or saving to the DNG format
      6m 17s
  3. 29m 37s
    1. Project overview: cover photo shoot
      1m 33s
    2. Auto-toning and correcting white balance
      2m 19s
    3. Cropping and composing
      3m 22s
    4. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 44s
    5. Removing distractions
      3m 58s
    6. Sharpening and noise reduction
      2m 59s
    7. Converting to black and white
      2m 11s
    8. Adding a vignette
      1m 45s
    9. Making a localized correction
      2m 53s
    10. Creating snapshots of memorable looks
      2m 1s
    11. Re-editing camera raw settings
      1m 38s
    12. Working with multiple adjustments
      2m 14s
  4. 15m 2s
    1. Navigating the interface and the toolbar
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring image-adjustment tabs and panels
      1m 32s
    3. Using the histogram
      5m 12s
    4. Previewing the before and after of different adjustments
      2m 43s
    5. Working with multiple files
      3m 20s
  5. 29m 29s
    1. Opening raw files in Bridge
      4m 36s
    2. Opening JPEGs and TIFFs in Bridge
      4m 43s
    3. How to open a photo in Photoshop and skip Camera Raw
      1m 47s
    4. Accessing Camera Raw from Mini Bridge
      3m 9s
    5. Resizing in Camera Raw with workflow options
      6m 35s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object
      3m 3s
    7. Saving from Camera Raw
      3m 17s
    8. Creating a duplicate file
      2m 19s
  6. 11m 20s
    1. Recomposing with the Crop tool
      2m 58s
    2. Clarifying your voice by cropping
      3m 20s
    3. Straightening and cropping
      2m 55s
    4. Cropping creatively
      2m 7s
  7. 9m 10s
    1. Improving color balance
      4m 21s
    2. Color correcting with white balance cards
      1m 49s
    3. Using the White Balance tool and controls
      3m 0s
  8. 18m 33s
    1. Deconstructing the basic adjustments
      3m 33s
    2. Correcting overexposure
      2m 52s
    3. Correcting underexposure
      3m 13s
    4. Making exposure enhancements
      2m 52s
    5. Recovering highlight and shadow detail
      3m 38s
    6. A speed tip for making basic adjustments
      2m 25s
  9. 14m 14s
    1. Demystifying Clarity
      2m 36s
    2. Increasing Clarity
      3m 52s
    3. Understanding Vibrance and Saturation
      1m 50s
    4. Improving color with Vibrance
      3m 52s
    5. Making creative color adjustments
      2m 4s
  10. 11m 48s
    1. Learning about the parametric and point-tone curves
      4m 4s
    2. Using the parametric-tone curve
      2m 19s
    3. Using the point-tone curve
      3m 22s
    4. Creating a unique color look with the point-tone curve
      2m 3s
  11. 15m 38s
    1. Introducing the Spot Removal tool
      3m 42s
    2. Removing distracting background elements
      3m 12s
    3. Removing blemishes on a face
      3m 29s
    4. Removing dust on the lens or the camera sensor
      2m 58s
    5. Removing red-eye
      2m 17s
  12. 51m 20s
    1. Introducing the Adjustment Brush
      6m 18s
    2. Correcting exposure
      6m 23s
    3. Working with Auto Mask
      4m 16s
    4. Changing the background color
      4m 30s
    5. Changing the color temperature
      3m 15s
    6. Making multiple color and tone adjustments
      5m 47s
    7. Enhancing the color, tone, and sharpness of the eyes
      5m 11s
    8. Whitening teeth
      3m 20s
    9. Brightening shadows and darkening highlights
      2m 51s
    10. Creating a black-and-white effect
      5m 36s
    11. Removing moiré patterns
      2m 19s
    12. Creating Adjustment Brush presets
      1m 34s
  13. 10m 0s
    1. Enhancing the foreground and background of an image with the Graduated Filter tool
      4m 7s
    2. Reducing exposure with the Graduated Filter tool
      3m 0s
    3. Exploring creative effects with the Graduated Filter tool
      2m 53s
  14. 13m 23s
    1. Exploring noise reduction
      3m 27s
    2. Applying input sharpening
      4m 9s
    3. Using the Basic and Detail panels together
      3m 33s
    4. Edge sharpening an architectural photograph
      2m 14s
  15. 12m 53s
    1. Introducing HSL
      2m 8s
    2. Enhancing color and tone
      2m 7s
    3. Using the Basic and HSL panels together
      2m 24s
    4. Removing colors with HSL
      3m 1s
    5. Making color changes
      3m 13s
  16. 21m 57s
    1. Using the black-and-white controls
      1m 44s
    2. Exploring simple black-and-white conversion
      6m 17s
    3. Using multiple panels to create a black-and-white image
      6m 17s
    4. Creating a dramatic black-and-white landscape
      7m 39s
  17. 11m 1s
    1. Exploring traditional black-and-white toning
      3m 19s
    2. Adding split toning to color photographs
      3m 49s
    3. Creative toning of a color photo
      3m 53s
  18. 16m 50s
    1. Removing extreme distortion with a lens profile
      2m 2s
    2. Working with the manual Lens Correction controls
      2m 34s
    3. Improving a portrait with lens corrections
      3m 26s
    4. Adding a darkening vignette effect
      1m 28s
    5. Combining lens corrections with creative cropping
      3m 35s
    6. Adding distortion for a creative effect
      2m 29s
    7. Correcting chromatic aberration and defringing
      1m 16s
  19. 15m 11s
    1. Understanding the effects controls
      7m 8s
    2. Adding film grain and darkening edges
      3m 56s
    3. Cropping and brightening edges
      2m 33s
    4. Creating a defined edge
      1m 34s
  20. 9m 29s
    1. Introducing the Camera Calibration panel
      3m 41s
    2. Creative color with the Camera Calibration controls
      3m 25s
    3. Exploring camera calibration resources
      2m 23s
  21. 5m 14s
    1. Introducing presets
      3m 19s
    2. Exploring free and fun ACR presets
      1m 55s
  22. 10m 19s
    1. Quick raw processing of multiple files
      2m 21s
    2. Applying raw processing in Bridge
      2m 34s
    3. Recording an action
      3m 37s
    4. Batch processing multiple images
      1m 47s
  23. 7m 52s
    1. A creative color mini-project
      5m 12s
    2. Using Camera Raw controls in a non-traditional way
      2m 40s
  24. 6m 24s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 25s
    2. Camera Raw and Lightroom
      4m 19s
    3. Goodbye

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This course provides in-depth training on Camera Raw 7, the Photoshop CS6 component that enables photographers to open and manipulate raw format images. Raw images are minimally processed in the camera; they're effectively the exact data recorded by the camera's sensor. Author Chris Orwig shows you how to control a raw image's appearance—exposure, shadow and highlight detail, color balance, and sharpness—with far more precision than is possible with JPEG images. The course also introduces the new workflow procedures and technical concepts and issues associated with raw content, so that photographers can best leverage this powerful format.

Topics include:
  • Comparing the raw, JPG, and TIFF formats
  • Converting or saving to the DNG format
  • Enhancing color and tone
  • Cropping and composing
  • Sharpening and noise reduction
  • Using the Camera Raw histogram
  • Batch editing
  • Correcting for under- and overexposure
  • Retouching blemishes
  • Making lens corrections
  • Calibrating your camera
  • Speeding up your workflow with actions
Photoshop Camera Raw
Chris Orwig

Correcting exposure

Let's now take a look at how we could use the Adjustment Brush in order to fix some exposure issues. In particular with this photograph, it's backlit, so the subject is a bit underexposed, the background is a bit overexposed, and I also want to just paint in a few adjustments into a few areas of the photograph. Well, in order to work with the Adjustment Brush, we can first press the K key in order to select it. The next thing that I want to do is I want to turn on my Highlight Clipping Indicator.

To do that, you can press the O key or you can click on this Triangle icon here. This is then showing me that I have clipping, or loss of detail, in this area of the photograph. These highlights are overexposed. To fix that, we can click on the Minus sign for Highlights and let's click on that a couple of times and then we'll scroll down to our Brush options. For the Brush, I'll make the brush a little bit bigger. The Flow, we'll bring this up just a bit. We want a nice high Feather amount. Next, with this decreased Highlight amount, we can go ahead and start to paint across the image.

It looks like my brush is a little bit too big there, so I'm going to decrease that, and then I'll just start to paint over this area. And with this Clipping Indicator turned on, the red, you can see I'm now painting away that problem area. And in doing this we're fixing this part of the image, and this Clipping Indicator is really helpful, because it's showing me exactly where I need to use this adjustment. Alright, well now that we've done that, look at our before and after. Here's before and here's after. Really quickly and easily we fixed that highlight issue.

Well, now that we've done that, let's go ahead and turn off that Clipping Indicator and analyze the image. What else do we need to do? Well, the subject is a little bit too dark. I also might want to change the color temperature here a bit on the subject. So we need to make a new adjustment. To do that, press the N key to create a new adjustment or click on the New button. That will then deactivate our previous adjustment so that we can dial in new settings. And here let's click on Exposure. We'll go ahead and just click on that a few times. Next, we'll scroll down to our Brush options and I'm just going to decrease my Flow here a little bit.

And then I'll go ahead and start painting across the image. Now, as I'm painting what I'm looking to do is to just brighten up this area of the photograph, also a little bit of the hair there. And then I want to brighten up the jacket as well, so you can see I'm just painting back and forth. The more you paint in one area, the more you can bring in this particular effect into that part of the image. That's because we have this lower Flow amount. Well, now here if we click on our Preview button, you can see there's before and there's after. That's already looking much nicer.

Well, I also mentioned I wanted to change the color temperature. To do that, we can scroll back to the top, go to our Temperature slider and here I'm just going to click and drag to the right, because I want to warm that area up. I'm going to go ahead and warm this up a little bit too much. I'm going to do that because I'm going to now add some Clarity. Remember that Clarity desaturates our pictures? So by having this a little bit warmer, this now Clarity amount or this nice midtone Contrast, it didn't remove too much of the color.

I'll also increase my Saturation there a little bit. I just want to do this so that I have some nice colors in the face and also on the garments. Okay, well, that looks really good, except I'm noticing the jacket, it's a little bit too blue. Once again, click on the New button. Now, here what I'll do is click on the Negative sign for the Temperature slider. Notice that basically there's a rhythm that I'm trying to show you here. You create a new Brush, you dial in your controls, your Brush settings, and then you paint away.

In this case I'll just paint over this area of the picture. It looks like I need to use a little bit of a higher Flow amount, I'll go ahead and just paint over this part of the picture right here, and then scroll back up to the top. And in this case, you can see that what's happened is this is becoming more blue. Rather than blue, I actually want this to be neutral, so I'm going to drag this to the right to add in some yellow, which in turn removed some of that color temperature there, so now it's a nice black rather than a little bit of a blue.

Okay, well, we have all these different pins, we can click on those, and as we do that we also will see this mask overlay. Well, what's that about? You can see it kind of turns blue in the area that I've adjusted. Well, if you scroll down to the bottom, you have this ability to turn on the mask permanently. You can do so by clicking on this checkbox here. You can also click on your Color Chip and you can change the color that you want to display this masked area, because certain images, different colors will help you see that perhaps more clearly.

You may want to do this so that it can show you what area you've affected, like with this adjustment I've affected too much of the photograph. Well, now, to change that I can go to my Erase option here, and then I'll just click and paint this away from this part of the jacket. In doing this it then won't affect that part of the image. So sometimes what you'll do is you'll turn on the Show Mask here to help you see what part of your image you've worked on, or with this option off, you can just hover over that and get that view really quickly there.

Another way that you might want to work with these pins is you might want to click on one of the pins and then go back and make other adjustments. Let's say that was too bright or not bright enough, you could then dial that in with these controls. And then finally, last but not least, the last thing you might want to do with these pins is you may want to hide those. Do you remember the shortcut key for that? It's the V key. Think of the visibility, V for visibility of those items. You can also turn those on and off by clicking on this icon here.

What I like to do is I like to turn off the visibility of those. And before I leave this tool, I want to see my preview of what I've done, the before and after. So here's our before and then here's our after. The image is looking much nicer. And then to simply apply these settings or to move on to making other adjustments, all that you need to do is to select another tool. Here I'll go ahead and click on the Zoom Tool. That will then take us out of the Adjustment Brush so that we could make other adjustments to the overall image.

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