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How to Fix Overexposed Photos in Lightroom

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Fix Exposure – Lightroom Tutorial

Sometimes you might have some overexposed photos that you really want to fix. Don’t worry though! When you think it can’t be saved, try these few easy steps in Adobe Lightroom to fix and correct your underexposed pictures within a few minutes. Here’s how it works.

To fix overexposed photos you should mainly focus on 3 sliders: Exposure, Highlights, and Whites. You can find those under Light panel on the Lightroom mobile app, or under the basic panel (Lightroom desktop version).

Before you start: If the entire photo is overexposed, start with the ‘’Exposure’’ slider(step1).  If there are just a few areas of the image are overexposed, adjust the ‘’highlights’’ first(step2). This might fix the problem without you needing to do anything else.

Step 1: Exposure slider

Start with moving the exposure slider to the left. It is quite sensitive, so small changes might have a significant effect on the image. Pull it down slowly until you reach to a point where you like the changes and focus on the details that you want to recover on the image.

Step 2: Correct Highlights

The second step is to restore the highlights. This slider is much less sensitive than the Exposure one, so you might need to move it all the way to the left. The Highlights-slider effects only the brightest areas of the image, you can use this slider to bring back lost details in these spots.

 

Step 3: Adjust the Whites

The last step: adjust the Whites. In an overexposed photo, you will probably need to slide it to the left.

You now probably fixed your overexposed picture to your liking. If you compare the before and after images, you can really see the improvements you can get from making just a few adjustments. Keep in mind: the perfect exposure is mostly a personal preference, so it’s useful to experiment.

 

Goodluck!

Step 1: Exposure slider

Start with moving the exposure slider to the left. It is quite sensitive, so small changes might have a significant effect on the image. Pull it down slowly until you reach to a point where you like the changes and focus on the details that you want to recover on the image.

Step 3: Adjust the Whites

The last step: adjust the Whites. In an overexposed photo, you will probably need to slide it to the left.

You now probably fixed your overexposed picture to your liking. If you compare the before and after images, you can really see the improvements you can get from making just a few adjustments. Keep in mind: the perfect exposure is mostly a personal preference, so it’s useful to experiment.

 

Goodluck!

Step 2: Correct Highlights

The second step is to restore the highlights. This slider is much less sensitive than the Exposure one, so you might need to move it all the way to the left. The Highlights-slider effects only the brightest areas of the image, you can use this slider to bring back lost details in these spots.

 

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