Maximize shadow and highlight detail
Open The start file
In the Folders view, browse to our start image clipping_start.NEF. The image has been exposed for the highlights, as clipped highlights are much harder to recover, but this means the shadows are underexposed and lack detail. We need to lighten the shadows without blowing out the highlights.
Examine clipped highlights
In the Tone panel drag Brightness up to 20. Choose Image>Show Lost Highlights. Black areas aren’t overexposed. Clipped areas appear as patches of colour. Here we can see that we’ve blown out some of the blue sky and many of the sunlit buildings. Restore Brightness back to 0.
Reveal clipped shadows
Go to Image>Show Lost Shadows. White areas are not too underexposed but any clipped shadows will appear as RGB patches. If you drag Brightness to -20 you’ll see even more clipped shadows. These will print with no detail. Restore Brightness to 0. We need to selectively lighten the shadows.