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How to reduce exposure for a region in a photo - like a window


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I took a lot of photos over the weekend in an indoor setting

 

I didn't have speedlights or good internal lighting so a lot of the photos have light coming in from the windows as well as from the tungsten lights overhead

 

I've tried playing around with the exposure, blackpoint, brightness, shadows and highlights settings in the develop persona but I am unable to balance out the exposure of the whole photo so that I can preserve the detail of thw windows as well as the interior

 

How can I achieve this? I can't share the actual photos since it was a private function

 

I'm working with RAW files

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Hi Chintan,

In Develop Persona there's a panel - Overlays - that lets you paint over an area of the image to limit the adjustments to that area. Juts click the Add Overlay Brush tool on the bottom of the panel or the Overlay Paint Tool in the toolbar on the left to define the area you want to affect. You can create as much overlays as you want/need. Check this video for more details: RAW: Overlays

 

In Photo Persona the same thing can be accomplished through an Adjustment Layer as @CircularWebs suggested. All Adjustments/Live Filters include a built-in mask that lets you limits the area affected by the adjustment/filter. Check this video for more details: Mask Layers.

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Hi Chintan,

In Develop Persona there's a panel - Overlays - that lets you paint over an area of the image to limit the adjustments to that area. Juts click the Add Overlay Brush tool on the bottom of the panel or the Overlay Paint Tool in the toolbar on the left to define the area you want to affect. You can create as much overlays as you want/need. Check this video for more details: RAW: Overlays

 

In Photo Persona the same thing can be accomplished through an Adjustment Layer as @CircularWebs suggested. All Adjustments/Live Filters include a built-in mask that lets you limits the area affected by the adjustment/filter. Check this video for more details: Mask Layers.

 

The overlays section in RAW videos seems very promising, let me try it when I get home

 

Thank you

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Hi Chintan,

In Develop Persona there's a panel - Overlays - that lets you paint over an area of the image to limit the adjustments to that area. Juts click the Add Overlay Brush tool on the bottom of the panel or the Overlay Paint Tool in the toolbar on the left to define the area you want to affect. You can create as much overlays as you want/need. Check this video for more details: RAW: Overlays

 

In Photo Persona the same thing can be accomplished through an Adjustment Layer as @CircularWebs suggested. All Adjustments/Live Filters include a built-in mask that lets you limits the area affected by the adjustment/filter. Check this video for more details: Mask Layers.

 

I haven't found much time to edit photos, but I did use overlays to whiten teeth - it works quite well for what I need

 

I'm going photo by photo and most of the ones I've been editing so far didn't have bright windows so that's a relief

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