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Now, to start adjusting the exposure of this image, we are going to be working with the Sliders right underneath the White Balance slider. So we are going to come down here, we are going to be working with these let's say, Exposure, Recovery, Fill Light, Blacks, Brightness, and Contrast.
Now, you'll notice two of these sliders are new as we pointed out in the Interface lesson. The Recovery slider and the Fill Light slider, and we'll get to exactly what those do in just a second. Since, we are working with an image that came directly from our camera sensor, we actually have a lot more detail in the areas that have problems than we originally think.
So for instance, there are some really dark portions of this image where we are losing detail in our shadow areas. And what I want to do is go ahead and adjust the Exposure so we can bring back some of those details, yet I still want to maintain my highlights and my midtones as well. So let's go ahead and start adjusting the Exposure and just see what happens.
When I start to push the Exposure up, you'll notice that I start to bring back some of the details in the shadows. See that detail is still there, but we are losing a lot of information right in here in our Highlight values. So what we need to do is we need to start working with some of these newer sliders to help us in recovering those areas. So this Slider is aptly named the Recovery Slider.
So what we are going to do is just start to drag it to the right and as I start dragging, you should notice that some of that clouded area behind the building should start to return. Now, as I keep dragging it, more and more the cloud should come in until we have almost the same amount of clouds as we had in the original. But, at the same time, we are still maintaining that detail in our shaded areas where we had brought back some light in there and we are still getting a better overall image as well.
Now, this other Slider that I was talking about the Fill Light Slider is a great innovation to the new Camera Raw. It's something that allows you to brighten up the areas of the shadows by adding sort of a predetermined light source to your image. So what I am going to do now is just start dragging this slider to the right, and you'll start to notice that we are really beginning to brighten up portion of the image.
Now again, you are going to notice that we are losing a lot of highlight detail again. So what we are going to do is I have to come back up here and adjust our Recovery Slider. Now, once we get all of these things dialed in, we should have a fairly decent looking photograph. So I am just going to keep tweaking these, maybe push my Fill Light value to about 30 and then even increase my Recovery all the way up to 100.
So now we have got a pretty decent looking image, but there is one thing we are missing, we are not getting the deep dark saturation. There are black areas that we really need. So we come down here to this Blacks Slider that allows us to do exactly that. We are going to deeply saturate the black areas of this image. Now, by dragging it to the right, you are going to find that you can very easily just lose all the detail in your shadows.
So what I suggest you do is come over here and click in this little field and then use the Up and Down Arrow keys on your keyboard to adjust the darkness of the Blacks. So I am actually just going to push this up one click at a time until I find a value that I like. I am actually going to back it down and choose 10 for my final setting, because you will notice, if I go any darker than that, I am starting to lose a lot of detail down here on the side of this truck. So let's back it down to 10, and that looks like it's pretty good overall.
Now, we can also discuss how to adjust the midtones of this image, because as we've already adjusted for the highlights and shadows, we haven't really done anything for the midtones. If you'll notice, we are losing a little bit of info in the midtones.
So what we are going to do now is we are going to come down to the Brightness Slider, because the Brightness Slider really does control the amount of midtone in your image. So what I am going to do now is I am just going to start backing down just a little bit, maybe taking it down to +34, and you see we've aptly controlled our midtones and now we are starting to get that really crisp, clean, evenly toned image that we have been going for.
The last thing we are going to take a look at when we are adjusting for the Exposure in this image is the Contrast Slider. What the Contrast Slider does, is allows you to distribute your tones evenly across the image and still maintain all of the settings you have just done.
So what we are going to do now, is again we are going to click inside this little field to the right-hand side, and we are just going to use our Up and Down Arrow keys to try and increase the Contrast to a point where we're satisfied. I think, I can actually push this up all the way to +40, and still have a pretty decent looking image on the screen.
So now, if I can show you here, we are going to take a look at the before and after of this image. So I am going to do this by simply hitting the P key on my keyboard. So I am going to hit P once to show you what we started with, and then I'll hit P again to show you the final product. So you see here, we have actually taken this image from a really bad, darken gloomy photograph to a pretty nice cityscape shot in just a few short and easy steps and doing nothing, but moving Sliders around.
The great part about this is, it's all non-destructive because Camera Raw is a non-destructive editing application. So anything you do to this image is just a temporary setting that you can always go back in and reset by holding down the Option key on Mac, the Alt key on PC, and clicking the Reset button. So at anytime, if you feel like you need to go back to where you started, just simply go down there, reset your settings, and you can start all over. Just a great easy way that they've built into Photoshop CS3's Camera Raw to help you improve your digital photography.