Maybe you're one who prefers a strong HDR process, perhaps you'd rather stick to simply adjusting the highlights and shadows sliders in Lightroom, or just maybe you want a little bit more control over your image. Well, fortunately for you, and thanks to Nino Batista, here is a fantastic tutorial for harnessing such control.
Controlling your highlights and shadows, expanding the dynamic range within an image, is more than just artistic taste and style preferences. Really, when you get right down to it, it's about taking complete control of your digital medium. The same was, and still is, done with film photography simply by adjusting development times and the use of different techniques in the darkroom.
So why not use the tools at your fingertips to make the most of your work in a digital sphere? Even at the beginning of this video, Batista comments that your preferences may skew one way or another as far as how your highlights and shadows look. The intent, however, is not to alter your perspective on artistic choice but rather to expand the range of options available to you. This video is a perfect example of how there are definitely more ways than one to accomplish the end goal. I have been using Photoshop for well over 15 years now and consider myself to be quite familiar with the program, but I still learned some valuable things from watching Nino's process here. I'd highly recommend giving it a watch and testing out these techniques for yourself.