One of the most common problems you’ll run into with your digital photos is that the shadow areas are too dark. Fortunately for you, since it is the most common problem, digital photo software like Elements has gotten really good at fixing this problem. Here’s how it’s done:
Open the photo that needs to have its shadow areas opened up to reveal detail that was “lost in the shadows.”
Go under the Enhance menu, under Adjust Lighting, and choose Shadows/Highlights.