Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Highlighting hot and cold areas, part of Aperture 2 New Features.
One of the challenges that we have in photography is maintaining information or detail in the highlight areas and in the shadow areas, and of course the more detail that we have there, usually the better the prints look and so forth. Aperture's always had a way to indicate blown out highlights, but now in Aperture 2.0, we also get an indicator for when we're plugging up the shadow areas, and I want to show you how that works. First I'm going to go up to the View menu here, and I'm going to select Highlight Hot and Cold Areas. That turns on the indicator. Now I'm going to go over to wedding, because weddings are the perfect spot to deal with this sort of thing, and double click on our bride.
Now you'll notice two things are going on here. First of all, we have a lot of detail loss here in the highlight areas, and then we have a little bit of loss up here in the shadow area. I'm not going to worry so much about the shadow areas right now. Let's concentrate on her dress, because if we were to print this, we would have large areas of white with absolutely no detail at all. We probably want to recover just a little bit of that. Let's go over to the Adjustments tab here, and I'm going to click on Exposure, and we have a new slider called Recover, and this is new in Aperture 2.0, and watch what happens.
It's almost like magic. I'm just going to slide that, and we actually recover details from the highlight areas. It's wonderful how it works. Now you don't have to eliminate the red altogether because some spectral highlights are okay, but the difference between this and this in a print is going to be substantial, so we'll take it right back here. Something like that works nicely for me, and I double click again, and I want to show you also how shadow recovery works, so we go down.
Let's look for something. This is a candidate right here. This could have some plugged up shadows, and sure enough, it does. Look, and we have in the purply blue area and we have no detail in here, so this has all gone to black. I'd like to recover a little bit of that, so I'm going to go down now to Highlights & Shadows, go to the shadow slider and just move that just a little bit, and that will help me recover some of that information.
Now you always have to make a decision. You're going to have black-black areas and you're going to have white-white areas. It's a matter of degree and how it works with the rest of the photo. For instance, if I were to try to eliminate all of this, that is an unpleasing photograph, so I have to balance between recover and aesthetics, so I'm going to pick something right about here and that works fine for me. I'm okay with some of these areas going black-black, but I've created what I this is a more pleasing interpretation of her hair, and again, the indicator is a tool to help us understand what's going on, but again, the goal isn't to eliminate it completely, it's to know how much you have there and so you can make an editing decision that works both aesthetically and technically.
- Exploring the new interface
- Using the tabbed Inspector and HUD
- Enhancing performance with the Quick Preview mode
- Decoding new images with RAW 2.0 processing and Baseline DNG
- Editing images with Recovery, Vibrancy, the Color Dropper, and the Retouch brush
- Customizing keyboard shortcuts
- Publishing to .Mac Web Gallery and using enhanced layout options
Skill Level Intermediate
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We advise you do not lower the screen resolution unless it's absolutely necessary, as that approach tends to make images softer than they really are. But if your sight is very poor, the tradeoff might be worth it.