Nature photography—and all photography, for that matter—is about light and creating a proper exposure that records that light. Once you've captured the optimal exposure, you can use Photoshop to make the most of the information you've captured. As you've already seen, we make most of our exposure adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). In this chapter, we'll guide you through methods to fine-tune the exposure for your images in Photoshop, many of which are quite similar to those found in ACR, and then discuss how to limit those tonal corrections to specific parts of your image.
Shooting for Optimal Exposure
Using the Adjustments Panel
Tonal Adjustments with Levels
Targeting Adjustments Using a Layer Mask ...