Mastering Image Exposure Corrections in Photoshop
Adapted from Digital Photography: Expert Techniques (O'Reilly)
Dateline: June 29, 2005
It's very important to always do your exposure corrections in
Photoshop first, before any other corrections or effects. If you don’t, you’ll find that correcting exposure is extremely hard (if not impossible) to do. For example, look at the difference that exposure
correction makes between the two images below.
An image after corrected export from the Camera RAW plug-in (top).
The same image after further exposure corrections in Photoshop (bottom).
Here’s how to do exposure corrections in Photoshop. If you’re not using the Adobe Camera RAW support, make sure your camera’s RAW file conversion software saves in 16-bit format. Next, open Photoshop, load your image, and use the following routine.
This article is adapted from Digital Photography: Expert Techniques (O'Reilly) by Ken Milburn and is reproduced here with permission. Copyright 2004, O'Reilly.