Tag: Highlight recovery

Highlight recovery is a subject close to the hearts of many digital photographers. In the old days of film the problem was shadow details – films were often very weak on shadow detail and you often found nothing more than a solid black when you tried to bring it out. Highlight detail could usually look after itself.

With digital imaging the situation is reversed. Camera sensors can usually capture good reserves of shadow detail that can be brought out very successfully, but highlight detail disappears easily with even the slightest overexposure.

RAW files are your safety net. Typically a RAW data will hold on to around another stop (1EV) of highlight detail than an in-camera JPEG, and any decent RAW converter will have highlight recovery tools to bring that detail back. Just remember – RAW files give you a little extra highlight headroom, but you still have to keep a wary eye on the exposure.



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