This spring I have taken my turn at getting some great pictures of the flowers found around Eugene.  Have any of you found a successful way to manage the pesky  ‘hotspots’ or ‘highlights’ found in otherwise properly exposed pictures of deep red, magenta, and deep purple flowers?  Maybe you have a link to ideas for processing these raw files in a way to manage these problems.  If you/we found a great solution, we could probably get famous on the internet!!

Kind regards,

Andy Nowlen

4 comments on “A post production question for you
  1. DaveHorton says:

    Andy–I move the highlights slider in Lightroom to the left and/or the Dehaze slider (at the bottom) to the right.

  2. RickLeBrun says:

    I use Capture One and it also has a slider for highlights. I move it as far as I need to. If it is too blown out, it won’t recover all the detail in the highlights.

  3. GinaReynolds says:

    Andy, you didn’t mention what software you are familiar with. Dave and Rick are right on the money for Lightroom processing. If you are still having problems you can use also use photoshop. Create a new curves layer and drag the highlights area down. Invert the mask that is associated with the curves layer to hide it, then use a soft brush at low opacity and brush it back in just over the problem areas until you are satisfied. I will reiterate Rick’s caution though. Nothing will bring back detail that is not there. If this is a huge problem that can’t be recovered you might consider underexposing a bit to capture the highlight, or even better, using a polarizer to minimize the issue. Hope this helps!

    • AndyNowlen says:

      Thanks for your reply to my question. I like Photoshop but I had not tried the workflow you mentioned. My histogram for this set of images shows it nicely underexposed, but not too much. I hope to improve the images. The proof of the pudding will be in my attempts to get a good print. Thanks again, Andy

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