Highlight Recovery Workflow and Preset Download


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hofnaar
Highlight Recovery Workflow and Preset Download

Cause of the discussion about highlight recovery here in the forum, I readed some blogs and technical part behind highlight recovery and thinking about it... after that I worked in lightzone and tried out some things and methods. I also compared my goal with lightroom and I found a good way to do it in lightzone. So lets start with my little tutorial :)

1. underexpose
All we need is the "Raw Adjustment" tool, which is already in when you open a pic to edit. Go 1-3 stops down with the exposure.

2. highlight recovery
add a "Relight" tool, name it "Highlight Recovery" and set the
Tool Settings blending mode to Soft Dodge (this will help to work only on highlights)
Color Selection to Red Color/Channel (why Red, cause the red channel is the channel which burns out most and first)
Range to 5-10% (higher amounts, probably erode color edges)

now, we adjust the rest to:
Shadows: 10
Highlights: 0,20
Detail, Depth and Fuzz all the way down/ to zero (0, 8, 0,10)

3. final step
add another "Relight" tool and set the values to:
Tool Setings blending mode to Lighten (we only want to relight)

Shadows: 3-4 (depends on you Raw Adjustments) - this will relighten the image
Highlights: 0,20 - 0,30
Detail: 1,50 - 6 (higher amounts will increase definitions of in example clouds and/or edges, extreme values will ending up in a crappy HDR look)
Depth: 40-60
Fuzz: 0,5-1 (define contrast between edges, works probably in combination with the detail slider)

and voila, we have it :)

For all of you, like myself, who do not want to do all these steps for each picture, I have made a Style/Preset download via my dropbox: 

http://goo.gl/wkhoQa

the path for windows to use it in lightzone is:

C:\Users\your username\Documents\LightZone\Templates copy it into that folder and start lightzone.
It will show up under "Styles / Detail Enhacements"

ATTENTION!
you might be go into Raw Adjustments and click on "as shot" because lightzone saved my style with the specific temperature of my picture

Maybe I will also make a new youtube video about it in the next days. lets see how I find the time. Have a great evening guys. I hope you enjoy my tutorial.
Im also open to new ideas to improve it. lets discuss it :)

dke
Highlight Recovery

Your style brings back a lot of details in the highlights but the tools are locked. I think a highlight recovery style should be adjustible.

Thanks, dke 

hofnaar
Yes, your right. I will

Yes, your right. I will update it in few minutes. :-)

hofnaar
updated. =)

updated. =)

dke
Thanks :)

Thanks :)

I got good results in my first tests.

Regards, dke

hofnaar
Im happy if you are happy :)

Im happy if you are happy :)

greerd
Yes, Thanks from me too!

Gave it a quick try and it works pretty good, it's nice to have a one-click adjustable solution.

Photonoxx
it's a little problematic

it's a little problematic since you use RAW adjustement tool and this way define the RAW White balance too... So ensure to use the button "as shot" after using this style.

hofnaar
like I wrote above in my

like I wrote above in my tutorial yes :)

dFlyer
Thank you.

Thank you.

marceloanelli
Hofnaar,

Hofnaar,

 

I will ask for  your permission to publish this style on facebook LightZone project.

Regards,

Marcelo Anelli

hofnaar
Just do it :-)

Just do it :-)

marceloanelli
thank you!

thank you!

mdshaman
I can't seem to get the

I can't seem to get the downloaded preset to work. It shows up under "Styles / Detail Enhancements", but clicking it does nothing. The relight tool does not comes out. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.

dFlyer
Are you using the style on a

Are you using the style on a raw or jpg file. I can only get it to work with raw.

Photonoxx
Raw adjustement used in this

Raw adjustement used in this style works only with RAW, so it's normal.

 

After that, Jpeg with it's 8 bits color depth have very poor ability in highlights recovery compared to the raw files (12/14bits)

sfink16
Highlight Recovery Step --> Confused

Is it possible that this tool works quite different depending on the image it is used on?  Particulary look at step 2 with that statement "Range to 5-10% (higher amounts, probably erode color edges)", it appears that using this without changing a thing, nothing happens.  The image I'm working on appears to have blown out highlights according to the histogram.  The Color Mask tab and Histogram tab remain unchanged on the image I'm working on.  However, if I bump the percentage all the way up to the point where the Color Mask and Histogram changed, at that point I see noticable and nice change.  As a result, it appears to me that we should adjust the percentage of the red channel until the Color changes from the "all black" that I see when I use 5-10 % to some white indicating the mask that will be changed.

marceloanelli
Yes, you must adjust values

Yes, you must adjust values for each raw image.

sfink16
Adjustments Work Well

Thanks!  I was able to work with each step to make the adjustments as I felt were appropriate.

 

Steve

herman
Channels blowing out first

In my experience the channels that blow out first depend on the camera (sensor) used.

In my main camera both green channels blow out first, followed by the blue channel.
The red channel usually retains detailed information longer than the other channels.

Personally I use rawdigger prior to tweaking of blown-out areas just to see wich channels still contain useful information (if any).
(disclaimer: I have no financial or other interests in rawdigger, I just find it a nifty utility for these cases).

Ninjone
Great!

Thank you!

hofnaar
your welcome :)

your welcome :)

rdo
Polarizer

Hi,

I usually manage to recover some details from the burned skys by applying a Polarizer with blending mode Mulitply, or Overlay or other similar. Of course you must have the skys in a region or your photo will look strange:) And i noticed that it has biggest effect when it is the first tool applied after the Raw Adjustments (even before the Raw Tone Curve).