Recently someone asked be how to prevent blown out highlights. Especially if your shooting INTO Sunlight. I really don't have a right or wrong answer, but I told hime what I do: I expose for the Sun.
The reason being I don't want blown highlights. Once the highlights are blown out, all information is lost and CAN NOT be recovered. I can however, recover information in an image that is UNDER EXPOSED.
So here is a RAW image taken with my camera. The image below that is processed in photoshop to recover the underexposed information in the lighthouse. I will not go into details, but my method involves the extensive use of masking, and blending.
Now, I realize that I have just about added an entirely new sky, howver I also have a third version with the original sky that is not blown out because I exposed for the sky, rather than the building.
In this age of digital imaging, some of the film techniques for handling this situation, are unnecessary when you use photoshop.
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The term 'over-filtered' when used in a rejection does not necessarily mean that any filters were used when the image was shot, but rather that it has been over-filtered in post processing, whether that be by the use of Levels in Photoshop, too much saturation, over-sharpening, etc. etc.
It is very easy to be too heavy handed with the adjustments in image editing software and begin to lose detail in either the highlights or shadows, as Rjmiz mentioned in his original post.
It may help to keep a copy of the original image from the camera, and compare your retouched version with the original before submitting it. This should help to pick up any areas where you may have 'over-filtered' the image and lost detail or quality.
Quoted Message: . . . Do you use levels or do you use brightness and contrast in PS? Thanks for posting this. Gabe
I don't see that anyone addressed this question and if they did then disregard. . but I NEVER use the brightness contrast controls in Photoshop. They have a tendency to either wash out your photo or simply make it too contrasty. Use levels and/or curves instead. You'll have a much more subtle and graduated control of your image adjustments. There are some great tutorials by Scott Kelby and a fellow named Martin Evening "Adobe Photoshop for Photographers" that you can read that will provide you with some advanced techniques for manipulatating your images in Photoshop.
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