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3 Quick Ways To Fix An Underexposed Photo

Did you just take a picture and it was totally too dark?Want to know how to fix an underexposed photo? Read on to find out how!

It happens to the best of us. We forget to change our camera settings and BAM!…the best photo in our set is too dark and underexposed. It’s a good thing there is a simple fix. Here are the three easy ways to fix an underexposed photo.

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This is a must. If you are shooting in RAW format, you have the flexibility to change mistakes that you made while shooting. If you weren’t shooting in RAW, now is the best time to start. Consult your camera manual and see how to switch it over. You will be so glad you did. That underexposed photo you are looking at right now trying to fix will be much harder to?work with if you shot it in jepg.

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2. Use the Exposure Slider

Yes, it is that simple. If you are shooting in RAW, open the photo up in ACR or Lightroom and move the exposure slider to the right. This will instantly brighten the photo and start the fix to an underexposed picture. Now you’re off to a good start!

3. Add Luminance

This is an important step because when you do start manipulating the exposure slider, along with the brightness, will also come a fair amount of noise ( this is the little specks and pixels you see as you zoom in). Some of that can be eliminated just by increasing the luminance slider to the right. Be careful with this though because adding in too much will make you subject start to look like plastic- and that’s just as bad as being underexposed!

Want to see the steps in action? Watch my short video tutorial below and see for yourself how I fixed the exposure in this photo!

Thanks so much for reading and let me know if there is another way you fix your underexposed ( or overexposed) photos! Leave me a comment below.

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