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In one of our previous movies I talked a little bit about clipping and how we can have clipping, or loss of detail in our Shadows or Highlights. Here I want to take a look at how we can recover say detail that's been clipped by using our Basic panel adjustments. Let's go ahead and turn on our clipping indicators, either by tapping on our keyboard the U and the O key or by clicking on these two triangle icons. Well, in doing that we can see that this portrait, it looks pretty good, except we have some loss of detail in a few areas of the image.
If we go ahead and modify this image, let's say that we decide to increase the Exposure, we will see that we will introduce even more clipping. And with this image I need to increase my exposure, because it's a little bit too dark here in the subject or on the subject. So then next I am going to increase my Shadow amount as well. As I make all of these adjustments, we can see that this clipping indicator, well, it's just getting bigger. Well, before I get too concerned about that I am going to make a few other adjustments. Here I am going to darken my Blacks, and in doing that I'm trying to build up a nice amount of Contrast.
And what I'm also trying to illustrate is how the level of the Contrast and the level of these different sliders that we will use together, well, they control how much clipping we are going to see in our photographs. In order to fix this problem we can then use a few specific sliders. With the Highlights or the brightest tones here, we can use the Highlight slider. By dragging this to the left, we can bring in more detail into that area of our photograph so that we will have nice continuous tone in this area of the picture. In regards to the deep Blacks, well, I need to go back to this Blacks slider and bring that up until I have detail in that area.
In doing this I want to bring this down as low as I can so that I still have good detail there, but so that I can darken up the overall density of the Blacks, because I like really deep, rich, full blacks. Well, next, let's go ahead and click on our Preview button, here is before and then here is after. Another way that we can also do this is, is if we click on the Default button to reset this image, we can turn off these clipping indicators. Here perhaps we are going to go ahead and make some adjustments by clicking and dragging on our sliders.
We are just going to do this so that the photograph looks good to our eye. Next, we remember, oh yeah, I need to think about clipping or loss of detail. So if you press the Opt or the Alt key and if you click on one of these sliders, like the Highlight slider, wherever it's white, it's showing you where you have a lot of clipping. Here I can drag this to the left in order to remove that. Then I can also hold down Opt on a Mac, Alt on Windows and drag my Exposure slider and bring that up until I see clipping introduced.
So here this will help me know how high I can bring that Exposure until I have a problem. All right! Well, having seen that we can do the same thing with our Blacks. On a Mac press Opt, on Windows press Alt, and then click-and-drag on this, where you see that pure black area, that's just not going to work for us, so you want to bring up the slider until you see that go away. And by using this view, sometimes it can help you kind of determine how you might want to process your photograph. All right! Well, with this picture I am going to go ahead and just decrease my Exposure a little bit and also decrease the Contrast there just a touch, and let's take a look at it.
Here is our before-and-after, and we have processed this image in a way that it not only looks better, but we also have better tonal range so that we now have detail in our deep blacks and also in our brightest whites.
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