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Let's take a look at how we can use the basic controls in order to improve this portrait which is for this particular athlete's sponsor. Now, what I want to do is I want to make this image come to life a little bit. It feels a little bit muddy. Well, the first thing we need to do is evaluate the Histogram. And in the Histogram, we can see that yes, the image is leaning to the left. It's underexposed. We need to bring this image up. So we'll go ahead and make our way down to these controls. One of the first things that we might want to do is increase the Exposure. And as we do that, we want to pay attention to the image, also kind of noting the Histogram here. That's looking good.
Well visually this looks nice, but we're not really sure if we've applied any clipping or whatnot. So what we can do is we can hold down the Option key on the Mac, Alt key on a PC and then simply click on this. Now, when I do that, I see that, yeah you know what, I have a little bit of clipping on the glasses here and also on the shirt. Well, I'll then go down to my Recovery slider, hold down Option or Alt, and then I am going to click and drag this in order to remove that clipping. There. Okay. Well, that's good. Next step, I want to add a little to Fill Light. That's going to really help the shadowy areas that are just too dark.
So I'll go ahead and bring that up, adding some brightening effect there. Now, my Blacks I don't need to change much at all, because I have a lot of really nice deep Blacks there. Add a little bit of Brightness. And then I'm also going to increase my Contrast. All right well, once I've done all of this I realize that, the forehead is a touch too bright for me. So I'm going to go ahead and crank up my Recovery amount. You can see how it's darkening that area of the image, those brighter tones, just bringing those down a touch. All right. Well we've now successfully corrected the Exposure here.
Let's take a look at our before and after. We can do so by pressing the P key. Here we have our before and then now our after. The only thing I think I want to do here is just modify my Exposure a little bit. It feels a little bit too bright for my liking there. And I think that's much better. Here we have it, press the P key, our overall before and then after.
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