Need help to fix dark photos in LR and/or Photoshop ASAP

Community Beginner ,
Mar 12, 2022 Mar 12, 2022

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Okay. My son recently shot a wedding. Even though he asked for more lights, the wedding venue was still dark. Here are the original (dark), and the edited (lighter). Any suggestions on how to lighten them up in Lightroom? Or even in Photoshop? Most of the photos are dark like this photo. Please give as many suggestions as possible.

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Mar 13, 2022 Mar 13, 2022

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The man's white jacket has caused underexposure, the camera was led to believe that the subject was brighter than it actually was. The light from the flash did not reach the background, making it even more underexposed than the foreground.

 

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To brighten the image, I used Exposure +2 and Shadows +100. Setting Clarity to 20 adds a little punch to the image.

But the foreground is now too bright.

 

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A linear gradient set to Exposure -50 Exposure -0.50 and Highlights -100 darkens the foreground and makes the lighting more balanced.

Brightening a high ISO image will always lead to noise appearing in the shadows and mid tones, so some luminance noise reduction may be required. Edit the raw files (not jpgs), and make sure to apply sharpening and noise reduction at 100% view.

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Mar 14, 2022 Mar 14, 2022

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Dear Per, thank you for your help & suggestions. Much appreciated.

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Mar 13, 2022 Mar 13, 2022

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Develop one photo the best you can.

Create a Preset of the adjustments.

Apply the Preset to all photos as a 'starting point'.

Here is another combination of adjustment sliders-

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Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 11.3, Photoshop 23.3, ACR 14.3, Lightroom 5.3, Lr-iOS 7.0.2, Bridge 12.0.1, Windows-10.

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Mar 14, 2022 Mar 14, 2022

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Dear Rob, thank you for your help & suggestions. Much appreciated.

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Mar 14, 2022 Mar 14, 2022

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Another thing to try is to see what the "auto" button in develop does and basically replicate that on other photos if it works well. The auto button uses an AI (artificial intelligence) trained on images by the edits that pro photographers did on them and often works amazingly well as a quick fix. It can also teach you some strategies to fix common images just by looking at what it does. It's absolutely not perfect but can be super helpful.

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This is what auto does to your before image for example:

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