Reclaim blown out Sky – Photoshop Tutorial
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1. (Connect your DSLR or compact camera to a pc to download your image)Load your start image into Photoshop which has the blown out sky.
see sample below:
2. (Adjust the shadow and highlight parts of your image)Now we need to go into Shadow and Highlight..
This is found under in the top menu [IMAGE] → [ADJUSTMENTS] → [SHADOWS/HIGHLIGHTS]
Obviously you will need to tweak these settings to suit as these will probably
be a bit different for your image, but these will give you an idea on which
See Shadows/Highlights tool (screenshot), then below the screenshot are explanations for each
setting and the values I have used for my image.
Amount = 20%
(The higher the value the broader the tones within the shadow areas, I have set this to 60%).
(This value affects the radial area of shadow detail, I have left this at 30px)
Amount = 100%
(The higher the value the broader the tones. I have set this to 60% as this worked
(This value affects the radial area of highlight detail. I have left this at 30px.
Colour Correction = +25
(Adjusts the colour within the changed part of the image. I have used +25 to
Midtone Contrast = +28
(Adjusts the Midtone contrast of the image. I have used +28 to
my image now looks like this:
3. (Apply linear contrast with curves)
Now we need to do a couple of “Linear Contrast” curves:
4. (Correct over or under exposed image)
Then a quick tweak of “Exposure” to brighten the image a bit:
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