A Discussion on Processing High Contrast Scenes


#1

What’s everyones secret for processing a scene with high contrast, particularly stuff shot in midday light? For example I will use this photo. Shot in direct sunlight in the middle of summer. I think for the most part the image looks okay , but I cant stand the way the trees look. I already have the contrast slider set to -75. Does that seem right? Tips would be greatly appreciated.


#2

Maybe you could try increasing the “blacks” slider, if you’re using Lr or Photoshop RAW?


#3

Hey @MichaelMroczek I would try to use some radial filters in Lightroom to bring up exposure/shadows in some of the trees areas. And also a tiny bit on the right part of the house. Just put super soft ones, with a large feather.


#4

HI! you can try Do a “Process Version Swap” in lightroom se if that helps… :slight_smile:


#5

Thanks for the replies everyone. I decided to play around with this image for a bit this morning using some of the techniques listed above. One thing that works well is cropping out as much of the trees as possible haha. I also used some radial filters based on Sam’s advice and used a brush to bring back some of the highlight detail on the building.

A couple of things that I’ve learned since making this post: 1.) Bracket your exposures whenever possible :slight_smile: 2.) An image like this is fixable, what I find works best is dodging & burning your images, make use of the radial graduated filters and brushes in Lightroom. Let me know what everyone thinks.


#6

Ah yes much better! I like this crop more also.


#7

Thanks Sam! I tried to get the crop just right. That small wood shed kind of throws it off though.


#8

#9

Interesting video. Is there something else going on behind the scenes other than the inverted s-curve and the exposure reduced one stop and contrast set at -33?


#10

you can take a look here https://lizhuoyin.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/fujifilm-x-t2-raw-processing-tips/

https://www.rawdigger.com/howtouse/deriving-hidden-ble-compensation
https://www.rawdigger.com/howtouse/overriding-raw-converter-default-adjustments-settings

there you have a couple of links if you are intressed … :stuck_out_tongue:

and here i one more video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9n_IEZGw68&t=19s :slight_smile: