Highlight Recover in Camera Raw
I you want to bring out more detail in the shadows, you will have to increase the Brightness, andpossibly the Exposure. In the ollowing image, the Exposure setting has been adjusted to +.30and the Brightness to 100. Tis lightens the overall density o the image but makes the highlightstoo bright.
Image with Exposure and Brightness settings that are higher than the Deault settings
Tis image provides a great example o how blending two conversions o the same image togethercan help bring out a much wider range o highlight and shadow detail, than you could rom usingone conversion.Start by setting the Exposure and Brightness to render good detail in the highlights o your image,while letting the midtones and shadows go dark. In the ollowing example, the Exposure settinghas been adjusted to -2.00. Not only does this setting reduce the density o the extreme highlights,but it also brings in the highlight recovery capabilities o Camera Raw. Notice how much morehighlight detail appears in the tiles and vase around the window. Click OK to process the imageusing these settings.
Adjusting the Exposure setting too low activates highlight recovery.