When Your Subject Is in the Shadows

We all wind up shooting subjects that are backlit (where the light is behind your subject). That’s because our eyes automatically adjust to the situation and we see the subject just fine in our viewfinder. The problem is our cameras aren’t nearly as sophisticated as our eyes are, so you’re almost guaranteed to get some shots where the subject is way too dark. Although I feel you get better results using Camera Raw’s Exposure and Highlights sliders, the Shadows/Highlights adjustment does a fairly decent job, and there’s a trick you can use to make the adjustment re-editable. Step One: Open (Read more...)