Exposure Editing – Reducing blown out highlights

Photographing outdoors or in changing lighting conditions can lead to photos with blown highlights. Blown or blocked highlights are when the brighter values in the image appear to merge into a blob. Some areas of blown out highlights are expected, such as specular highlights on shiny objects, reflections, the sun, or bright light sources. These become an issue when essential details in the bright areas appear to be missing from the image. We made this video to demonstrate how to recapture details lost in blown out highlights.

Watch this video and see how to identify blown out areas and assess what details are recoverable. We demonstrate the best order to follow when making adjustments to sliders, how to balance the effects to blend realistically with the shot, and more.

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