Don’t let an unbalanced exposure make you throw out an otherwise beautiful portrait! Learn how to use Adobe Camera RAW to create different exposures, and then blend them together in Photoshop for picture-perfect results.
Photoshop to the rescue!
FIX AN UNDEREXPOSED SUBJECT
How to Correct Exposure
Ideally we want exposure to be perfect in-camera. But things don’t always work out when we’re shooting in unpredictable environments or when there are technological hiccups. We all miss on exposure from time to time, so learn how to save those images using the powerful tools in Photoshop and Adobe Camera RAW.
Fix Overexposed or Underexposed Photos
Whether the background is blown out or your subject is underexposed (or both!), we’re going to show you how to rescue an image using powerful exposure adjustment tools. And if you love the magic of photo editing, try Photo Editing 101-301!
Adobe Camera RAW
RAW files are important for the modern photographer–especially when you need to rescue a photo. Learn the power of working with RAW in Photoshop, from making detailed adjustments in Adobe Camera RAW to working non-destructively with Smart Objects.
RECOVER DETAILS IN HAIR & FEATURES
Lift the shadows on your subject, revealing the beautiful details in their hair, face, and clothing. Bring down the highlights in a blown out background, recovering important environmental elements. Our Photoshop techniques will help you bring balance to the exposure of any image.
If you’re taking headshots or portraits, your subject should be the star of the show. We show you how to help them stand out using exposure adjustments, dodging and burning, object removal, and professional-level sharpening.
Learn how to blend multiple exposures together, even when you only have a single RAW file! We’ll show you how to use the Camera RAW Filter to create multiple exposures, each recovering information in the highlights, midtones, and shadows of a portrait. Then blend them together in Photoshop for a seamless final image.
Learn what RAW can do!
If you’ve been looking for a reason to start shooting RAW, this is a great place to start! RAW files gives you the most flexibility in post-production and can make the difference between throwing a photo out or adding it to your portfolio.
Balanced exposure, every time.
FIX OVEREXPOSED BACKGROUNDS
Highlights & Shadows
All cameras have a limited dynamic range which makes it tough to capture fine details in both the highlights and shadows of a photo. That’s where Photoshop and Adobe Camera RAW can help recover information and help you create a more balanced image, every time.
Dodging & Burning
Use dodging and burning to add shape and dimension to your photos and bring out more detail than ever. Learn to use the tools in Photoshop to add contrast, sculpt highlights and shadows, and help your subjects pop off the screen. This is a skill we believe in so much that it has its own PRO tutorial, How to Master Dodging & Burning in Photoshop!
Sharpening Photoshop Action
We include our exclusive PHLEARN Sharpening Action, which is designed to help you enhance details and draw more attention to your subjects. All with the professional results you expect, in a fraction of the time.
LEARN FROM A PRO!
In order to seamlessly blend exposures, you’ll need to make accurate selections. So how do you get precise selections of areas of light and dark? With Channels! Learn how to use Channels to create ultra-detailed Masks and selections, perfect for combining multiple exposures.
Remove Objects & Distractions
Once the perfect exposure is locked in, it’s time to simplify the photo by removing small objects and distractions. Master tools like the Spot Healing Brush and Clone Stamp Tool to help keep all eyes on the subject.
These aren’t tips for just rescuing photos, these are professional techniques that can you can use to take all of your images to the next level. From dodging and burning, to object removal, to sharpening, master the skills that will help all of your photos look their very best.
Class Instructor & Featured Artist
PHLEARN Founder – Class Instructor
Aaron Nace is a photographer, Photoshop artist and founder of PHLEARN. He is the #1 Photoshop instructor in the world with millions of YouTube subscribers.
Photographer – PHLEARN PRO Member Since MONTH YEAR
I am a portrait and event photographer in Columbia, SC. On most weekends I am behind the lens and love being outdoors. In my free time, I enjoy trying out craft beers (IPAs please) and love traveling with my family.
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