shybull wrote in post #18361250
I had to use the dodge tool on him in every photo and still wan't enough sometimes
Dodging and burning work well in some contexts but not in all.
Here are two options I use:
1. I use capture one, which has excellent shadow and highlight recovery. Adjusting exposure and recovery sliders as needed works quite well and allows far more recovery than I was able to get with Adobe products. It also allows camera profiles, including film extra shadow which also help and, since it's a RAW processor, you get the most out of what is there.
2. If this isn't enough, I will develop one image for the dark areas, adjusting it so they are perfect, and process that into PS. I will do another version which is perfect for the rest of the image. I place both images as layers in PS and use a feathered brush with low opacity to paint white on a black mask to "reveal" the parts of the image I want.
Capture one has a free trial so you can try it out. I think it is 30 days.
Great job on the images.