Underexposed Tulips | Tutorial | northern California photographer


Of course, getting the image well exposed and correct in camera is our first goal. NOT like the underexposed tulips in this tutorial! I shoot manual so that I can have complete control over my image. But that is not to say that you cannot get a strong image using Aperture Priority or a different mode. Correct exposure and sharp focus are things that are difficult to correct after the image is taken.  I also shoot in RAW so this gives me more options when editing. So just be sure you get it right in camera first.

That being said, today I’m showing you how to recover a very badly executed image. It is underexposed and the white balance is off resulting in other issues as well. So when you don’t get it right in camera, there are a few things you can do.

I took this image in my studio on a very dreary, overcast day. The only light is that which is coming through the windows. My settings were:  1/80 s, f2.2, ISO 1600

You can find this and my other tutorial videos on my YouTube channel:  Nadeen Flynn

Underexposed Tulips


Feel free to ask any questions at nadeen@nadeenflynn.com or in the comments below.

Final image:

how to edit underexposed tulips




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Nadeen Flynn is an award winning northern California portrait and fine art photographer. Living in the greater Sacramento area, she specializes in high school senior and teen portraits as well as fine art landscape and still life photography. Nadeen’s style is authentic, fresh and personality-driven. This retains the timeless features of photography that create family heirlooms. She offers in-person workshops and mentoring. Currently living in rural northern California with her husband and a couple thousand walnut trees, she is a proud owner of Canon photography equipment.

Currently booking 2018 high school seniors, couples, and family portraits. Locations include Yuba City/Marysville, East Nicolaus, Wheatland, Lincoln, Woodland, Roseville, Rocklin, and Sacramento areas.

(530) 633-7575

Aperture: ƒ/2.2 | Focal length: 50mm | ISO: 1600 | Shutter speed: 1/80s |

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Nadeen Flynn - Thank you, Iris. Love having these little shortcuts.

Iris - Another great tutorial, Nadeen.

I have actually created a preset for myself for lens correction; one for regular lenses, and one for my Velvet 56, because LR does not like it when you use the one for regular lenses. Not sure why.

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