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iPhoto ’11: The Macintosh iLife Guide to using iPhoto with OS X Lion and iCloud by Jim Heid, Michael E. Cohen, Dennis R. Cohen

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Recovering Shadow and Highlight Details

Cameras don’t perceive high-contrast scenes as well as our eyes do. As a result, high-contrast photos are often missing something. Shadows are dark and devoid of detail, or bright areas are washed out to nearly pure white.

Sometimes your camera’s exposure meter works against you, too. A bright background may have caused the camera to use an exposure setting that obscures darker foreground details. Conversely, a dark foreground may have led to an exposure setting that blows out details in brighter areas.

The Shadows and Highlights sliders in the Adjust pane can help. (For tips on using both, see the sidebar on the opposite page.)

Out of the shadows. To bring out details hidden in dark areas, use the Shadows ...

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