We've all done it before and I guarantee that we'll all do it again: sometimes, you just miss the mark and come home with an underexposed image. This helpful tutorial will show you how to save the photo and obtain a natural-looking result.
Coming to you from Aaron Nace over at Phlearn, this great video will show you how to rescue an underexposed image. The issue with raising the exposure on an image is that shadow areas tend to have less saturated colors than midtones and highlights, so you can end up with a bizarre-looking photo if you make drastic adjustments to the exposure. In watching the tutorial above, you might wonder why Nace chooses to use Apply Image to protect the highlights rather than tweaking the Curves layer a bit more. Notice that Apply Image automatically generates a complicated layer mask for the exposure adjustment that would have been extremely tedious to make otherwise. When you come to the saturation adjustment and need to limit that to the shadows, your mask is already ready and waiting for you to copy from the one you just created using Apply Image. It makes the overall process much more efficient. Give it a try!