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One of the things that I've discovered to be true in my own practice of photography is that, there are moments where you are just on, and everything works out perfectly, and then there are moments like this, where I completely forgot to check my camera settings before I captured this portrait. Therefore, it's just completely over-exposed. When I pulled up the image, I was so disappointed. Yet I wasn't disappointed to the point of giving up, because I know the power of Adobe Camera Raw.
So here with this picture, let's take a look at how we can try to correct this exposure, in order to save this image. One of the first things that I'm going to try to do, is to use my Exposure slider. Here we'll click and drag this to the left in order to decrease our Exposure. Now in this case because this is the full Raw image, we have a lot of data there. And when it comes to exposure if you accidentally over-expose, many times you can recover a lot of this detail. Already the picture is looking a ton better.
The next thing I want to do is I want to work on my Highlights. The Highlights we can see a little bit on her cheeks right here, and also in the shirt. Let me exaggerate this. If we drag this to the right, you can kind of see how I can either brighten or darken these areas by dragging it to the right or left, and what this will do is it will just even things out a little bit. So I'll go ahead and decrease that Highlight value, darkening some of those brighter tones, working on really the brightest tones in the image. Next after having done that, I'm going to increase my Contrast a little bit to create a bit of a mood here with this photograph, and then, I'm going to darken the Blacks, and I'm doing this just because I like deep rich blacks.
Well after having done that, I need to go back to my Exposure or maybe my Whites because I've increased the overall density in the file, and what you'll want to do is kind of balance things out a little bit. So as you make one adjustment, you're going to then go and make other adjustments, and it's almost like all of these adjustments, well they're interrelated. That's why I spent time taking a look at them in that previous movie, so that we could see how we can work with these different controls to specifically modify one area of our image, yet at the same time, each of these sliders, well, they affect the overall image as well as focusing in on one tonal area of our photograph.
Well now that we've made a few simple adjustments, I feel so much better about this portrait. I think we've saved it. Let's take a look. If we click on our Preview button, we can see there is the before and then after making a few simple adjustments here we have the after, and thanks to Adobe Camera Raw, this photograph is a keeper in spite of my over-exposure mistake.
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