A Discussion on Processing High Contrast Scenes


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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



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?


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


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: