In this Hands-on Photo Tip, I will show you how to develop two separate versions of a single RAW image file and blend them together in Photoshop. One version is optimized for the highlights and the other one is optimized for the shadows.
Often you have a single exposure where the sky is too bright while the foreground is too dark. Your camera was basically able to capture the entire dynamic range, but tuning both the highlights and the shadows at the same time to make a good overall exposure can be difficult. Whatever you do to one part of the image also affects the other parts.
In this tip, we will tackle this problem by applying Adobe Camera Raw twice to the same RAW exposure. In this way, you can work on the different regions of your image separately which gives you much more flexibility for optimizing the overall photo.