Fix un­der­ex­posed gems

Brighten your un­der­ex­posed pho­tographs with Cap­ture NX-D

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When shoot­ing in Man­ual mode you may end up cap­tur­ing im­ages that are un­der­ex­posed, like the pho­to­graph fea­tured in this spread.

Be­cause we shot our pheas­ant us­ing a tele­photo lens there was a dan­ger that the im­age would be­come blurred due to cam­era shake (which is ex­ac­er­bated when the lens is fully zoomed in). By us­ing a very fast shut­ter speed of 1/1000 sec we were able to cap­ture a shot free of mo­tion blur, but less light was able to en­ter the lens dur­ing this short ex­po­sure time. As a re­sult we have an un­der­ex­posed im­age. For­tu­nately it’s much eas­ier to brighten up an un­der­ex­posed shot than it is to re­veal de­tail in a mo­tion-blurred sub­ject, so we pri­or­i­tized us­ing a fast shut­ter speed over a wide aper­ture.

By us­ing Cap­ture NX-D’s His­togram tool we can see whether a shot has a healthy spread of tonal de­tail and strong con­trast. An un­der­ex­posed sub­ject, like our pheas­ant, will have a his­togram graph that is bunched to­wards the shad­ows on the left. We can brighten up im­age and cre­ate a more bal­anced his­togram that in­di­cates a well-ex­posed shot, full of colour and de­tail.

In this walk­through we’ll be us­ing ba­sic tone tweak­ing tools that will work on both Raw and JPEG files.

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