Overexposure has removed lots of detail – but you can get it back
This shot is suffering from overexposure in both the sky and the beach areas, but there’s hidden detail to bring out. To start, we select an Adjustment Brush, make it quite large and run it across the sky and the headland. In the Range Mask setting in the Brush panel, we select Luminance, then adjust Range to 50/100. Taking Exposure to the left will bring cloud details back. 1 To boost the bland foreground, 2 we run the Graduated Filter tool up from
the bottom to just short of the horizon. We take the Dehaze slider to the right to darken the midtones and bring out the textures in the sand.
The sea area 3 also needs darkening a little: a small Adjustment Brush across this and a tweak to Whites and Highlights will fix this. Finally back in the Basic panel we can create more punch 4 by taking the Dehaze slider to +15 and the Contrast slider to +20.