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Chapter 24. Fixing Photo Flaws > Compensating for Lighting Mistakes

Compensating for Lighting Mistakes

When light comes from behind a subject, it can make the subject a bit dark. But it can also make for a strong contrast between your subject and its background. If you adjust the exposure so that the subject is properly lit, you risk making the background overexposed. To compensate for washed-out skies, sun-kissed lakes, and other light backgrounds in your images, use the Adjust Backlighting tool. It adjusts the midtones in the image, darkening the background without lightening the subject too much.

You can select an area if you want your changes to affect only that portion of the image; then choose Enhance, Adjust Lighting, Adjust Backlighting. Drag the Darken slider to the right until the background is no longer washed out; then click OK.


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