Saved!

Image after Light Room Processing

Yesterday, I posted on my Facebook site an image of a howler monkey. This morning I decided to look for a picture of a spider monkey to post. Reviewing my photos, I found a set of extremely dark images in which the histogram was pulled all the way to the left. For whatever reason, I had not discarded these pictures as I would normally do.

Histogram

I wondered to myself, could these images be saved and I decided to find out. The first thing I decided to look at the shooting data to see why these images were so dark. I had photographed the pictures before this set at an ISO 800, and for some reason, I had to turn the cameras ISO down to 200. Well, that explains why the pictures were so dark. Here is the unprocessed image.

Original Image Showing the Settings

The steps that I used to help recover the detail in the picture was to first increase the exposure slider in the basic panel of the Develop module by +3.60. Next, I set my black and white points and finally third I increase both the highlights and shadows. I obtained a usable photograph.

Lightroom Basic Panel Settings

I then exported the image to Photoshop and ran my usual workflow. The only problem was an increase in posterization.

Image after Both Lightroom and Photoshop Processing

The camera was the Nikon D 7100 with Nikon 80-400 lens at 400 mm, 1/800 second, f/5.6. In conclusion with modern cameras and advanced processing technology, you can recover dark images, but it is better to get it correct in the camera. With all the fancy buttons on the cameras nowadays at times, it is not unusual to accidentally change settings, so keep your eye on your settings.