Mastering exposure in Camera Raw: Deke’s Techniques

Published by | Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Mastering exposure in Camera Raw

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Pop quiz: What exactly does the Exposure slider do in Adobe Camera Raw? Chances are some of you will say it controls highlight, some will claim it affects the midtones, and some will just throw up your hands. Deke McClelland is here to clear up any confusion you may have around this adjustment and help you master exposure in Camera Raw.

Today in Deke’s Techniques, he’ll help you take a dark, heavily shadowed image and bring out the brightness—and rugged handsomeness—of its subject: fellow author James Williamson! (Did you know these guys hang out together? Worlds collide!) He’ll accomplish all of this using the controls in the Basic tab in Camera Raw, including the Exposure slider. He’ll also show how to avoid clipping your shadows and highlights, work directly in the histogram, and make other adjustments in the Effects tab to diminish any noise that might occur as the result of your exposure adjustment.

Watch the free video above to get started, and then visit the library to learn how to make the results of this technique even sharper, in the Deke’s Techniques follow-up movie. Tune in next Tuesday to learn how to remove unwanted guests (and straight-up photo bombers) from your photographs.

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