Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Working with highlight recovery, part of Aperture: Enhancing Product Photography.
I'm going to talk a little bit about highlights now. We had shadows earlier. We'll have highlights now. We're very yin and yang. We're covering all of the bases here. And I'm going to work on this shot. So this is the edit 1 version of the shot. And we'll just open it up and take a look at what's goin' on here. Well, we clearly have some blown out highlights here. We can see that with our eyes, and we can also see it on the histogram, look at that spike right there.
So, even though we have a highlight recovery tool. Our original highlight recovery tool is the exposure slider. And in a case like this, I just want to use the exposure slider to bring this photo more into line. See, now we've got that histogram lookin' a little bit more like it should. We don't have that big spike up there on the right side, and it's already helped considerably. Right. Look, I'm just going to uncheck that box. There's the difference, right there.
Now, of course, the reason why we don't use the exposure slider exclusively is because, it effects the entire shot. And sometimes, we just want to work with the highlights. In this case, the entire shot needed a bit of adjustment. But now. I still want to recover a little bit of information here without affecting the rest of the shot. So now we get into a different tool and that's going to be the highlight slider for the moment. By the way before I get into that, you'll notice I have a little ruler here.
And sometimes when you're doing product photography, it's good to put something in For scale so that people can see exactly how large the object is, because you can't really tell, right, if you don't have anything to compare it to. So you can use a ruler or a coin or something like that. And you don't want it in all the shots, but you might want it in some of the shots, because sometimes (UNKNOWN) This is the little stuff you just get along the way.
You thought you were going to get highlights, and you get a different tip. So let's take a look at the highlights slider, here. I'm just going to move this guy a bit, and we're getting some nice change. And really what it's doing, see how we just, we have more information now in here. Now we're not going to recover this information, that's a spectra highlight that is what it is and it shall remain that way. And that's okay I mean our eyes are used to that we like that that's the way we see light reflecting off things in the world.
But we do want to have some information and the general white areas in the highlights slider helps us with that quite a bit. Now you may be wondering about the recovery slider, we have that up here in exposure. It's a bit more subtle, but it does do some work and you can use them together. So we can do a recovery, and then go to highlights. You don't want to get dull, though.
I mean, just in life you want to be dull, but you also don't want to be dull in your photography. So you don't want to go too far with this. So may be something like this and then going back here, back in after recovery a bit. Remember where we came, let me, let me, I am going to hit the M key again. That's where we started, I mean we're just like blowing out of here. So, we have come a long ways, you can see the detail there.
And then I'm going to go to my old friend, definition, and we'll just bring that up a bit, and you see how we just get a little bit more information. And, I'm actually going to back off recovery for a bit. Alright? I want it bright, I just want to have some detail there. Speaking of bright, what do you think about the brightness slider? Yea, maybe just a smidge there. (SOUND).
Now, I have to do one other thing. And if you've already watched a few videos, you're going to know what I'm going to do here. We're just going to fix that color balance. 'Cuz it just drives me nuts. Looking at bad color balance. So what do you think? So now we still have a bright area which is natural. I mean the light is coming from that direction. We have our spectro highlights, but we also have information here now we just haven't lost that all together.
Here's our M key, that's where we started. Here we are now, again, exposure slider may be a little recovery, highlight slider and then a little definition for taste and you're looking pretty good there.
- Evaluating the image quality before editing
- Making sure the color is accurate
- Determining the most effective color
- Working with highlight recovery
- Targeting areas for sharpening
- Adjusting the background
- Changing the color of objects
- Round-tripping with Photoshop
- Converting to black and white with Silver Efex Pro
- Applying effects