Tutorial #2: Editing Flash Exposures

One of the most common problems that every photographer encounters in their shots is how to edit photos with flash elements. Within this video, you will get to know the way our professional Photo Editing team deal with the first type of flash images: Capturing details and colors 


Watch the full tutorial video here:


1. Find out which is the best flash image – in overall – and then select 2 to 3 exposures in different levels.


Open them in Camera Raw and process our first step: Lens Corrections. On clicking Lens Corrections, select two criteria as shown

-> Fish Lens effect has been notably reduced.


2. Return to Basic tab and adjust contrast, exposure, color


Balance the colors with your ETTR (Exposure to the right).

Switch to the standard exposure (Keep in mind that decreased exposure plays a critical role in keeping our window view natural and clear).

Balance our color and adjust parameters as you wish.


3. Open Photoshop and start our advanced photo editing process


Get the ETTR, copy it and put in onto the standard exposure. Create a mask and recover details in low intensified area with 30% in the Blur parameter.

Turn off the mask to see the differences of before and after process.

Copy the flash files and layering them on the original photo. Switch to Color mode to get to color from the flash file, switch again to Darken mode to recover the details.

Create a mask and merge all the parts where shadows are there if shadow shows up because of the flash glare.

If you turn on the Color mode, you can see some areas being faded because of the flash light, then create a new mask, merge them to capture all the details.

Set Darken mode, all details behind our window is recovered and no issue with reflection.


4. After processing all, merge layers and get to the next step: Adjust the light and colors


Increase exposure in bit tool area.

Duplicate the photo and balance our color, or shift the color into warmer tone.

Create mask, use Brush tool for the selected whole area.

Erase the ceiling by using path tool (for the best selected area).

Use “replace color” to brighten the ceiling.

Edit all interior furniture color.


Process the floor. Remember to adhere to bright ceiling and fairly dark floor formula to create depth for the picture with deepest space.

Regarding dark objects, select the screen and use “curve” to adjust the dark.

Retouch the lens-flare shadow. Use “clone stamp” and keep retouching until the shadow completely fades away.

Replace window and sky

To replace the window, create normal channel. In terms of wide view windows, creating selected area and path will avoid mistakes and make it more beautiful. Darken the downward part if needed.

To replace sky, open the normal sky, drag and move the sky lower. Set maximum for mask mode to get some details from the tree.

Merge the layers and then check the dust in the image by pressing Ctrl+I, we can spot the minor dust and erase if needed. Press Ctrl+I once again to return to normal mode.


5. Straighten and save the image


Open camera roll and switch to transform mode to straighten image. if the image’s still skewed, choose straighten tool.

Draw some lines if you can not straighten manually.

After lining, it is apparent that camera roll has already automatically straightened.

Click OK and check once again by choosing level.

Save the image by setting 12 for quality which is maximum.


Original and Final images belong to Outsideinphotography

Editing process performed by Revina.CO

* Want more Photo Editing Tutorial? Read about our exclusive Photo Retouching tutorial here!

About Alexis Tran

Alexis Tran is currently working as a Digital Marketing Executive at Revina. She loves writing, reading books and hopes to use her words to create magic.