Adjusting the exposure of your image using Exposure

We received a request about lighting techniques when you plan to use Exposure in your post processing workflow. The article can be found here. This did, however, bring up an interesting question.

Question

How do I increase the exposure of my image without an exposure slider, like the ones in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and Lightroom?

Answer

In Exposure, you can use the Midtones slider on the Tone tab. This is a great way to increase the brightness of your image without clipping your highlights or shadows.

Here is an example of an underexposed image.

Original image

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Using the exposure slider in ACR. Setting was increased to +1.50.

original_whiter_-_ACR.jpg

 

Using the Midtones slider in Exposure. Setting was +84 Midtone.

original_whiter_-_Exposure.jpg

 

There are  multiple presets on the tone tab that can handle common adjustments like this. Though, some minor tweaks may need to be made to get the exact effect you are after.

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