clipped

A popular stop for photos is to pre-process them using Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.  Fortunately both provide access to the Adobe Camera Raw engine which allows for powerful processing of Raw files. As you make adjustments to the developed image, it is possible to clip data (essentially a loss of detail).

One of the greatest benefits of shooting raw is the ability to rescue details in the Shadows and Highlights.  Here’s how to put the commands to work.

  1. Select one or more of your Raw files from a series and open them.
  2. Choose an image that is indicative of your full exposure range.
  3. Locate the Histogram in the upper right corner.
    clipping1
  4. In the Histogram display, you’ll see two small triangles. You can click the one on the left for shadows and the one on the right for highlights.
  5. Make adjustments to your image as needed, but keep an eye out for clipping.  When enabled, clipped shadows appear in blue, and clipped highlights appear in red. Highlight clipping will warn you if any one of the three RGB channels is clipped (fully saturated with no detail). Shadow clipping will warn you if all three RGB channels are clipped (black with no detail).
    clipping2
  6. Adjust sliders (especially the Recovery and Fill Light sliders until the proper exposure is achieved (and clipping warnings disappear).
  7. To create a unified exposure across multiple images, click the Select All button in the upper left corner, then click Synchronize and click OK.
  8. You can now click Done to store the Raw processing settings or open image to continue working with the file.

______

This Post Sponsored by:

lynda.com Learn photography anytime, anywhere, and at your own pace—from bite-sized tutorials to comprehensive courses. Try lynda.com free for 10 days by visiting lynda.com/ Photofocus.

Mosaic A complete solution for photographers using Lightroom who want to manage and share their photos. You can easily view images with their iOS app or web service. Plus your photos are backed up to the cloud with several plans to match your needs.

The HDR Learning Center Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDR Soft.

500px Join the world’s premier photo community. 500px lets you discover, share, buy and sell inspiring photographs.

Drobo Not only is Drobo 5D fast, but it’s easy-to-use, expandable, flexible, and protected.

The Topaz Labs Image Enhancement bundle. Open up a world of creative possibilities with a seamless, integrated workflow. You don’t need to be a Photoshop wizard to look like one. Click here and use the code photofocus to get a 15% discount.

Let us know your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

About Richard Harrington

Richard Harrington is the founder of RHED Pixel, a visual communications company based in Washington, D.C. He is the Publisher of Photofocus and Creative Cloud User as well as an author on Lynda.com. Rich has authored several books including From Still to Motion, Understanding Photoshop, Professional Web Video, and Creating DSLR Video.

Category

Adobe, Software

Tags

, , ,