We've all taken very dark photos at one point in our creative lives. When I say dark, I don't mean photographs with a specific, moody theme. What I mean is underexposure, something that naturally happens when the camera doesn't capture something properly due to a few technical – or lighting – errors.
Underexposed photographs can look dark, dull, and impossible to fix. Many valuable photographs are deleted because of this. Though understanding your camera is important, especially if you desire to take well-lit photographs, it's valuable to know the magnificence of editing. Thanks to today's advanced editing programs, we can retouch almost anything and make it look natural in no time. Even if you don't consider yourself a professional editor, you have the ability to fix underexposed photographs within just a few minutes.
In this article, we'll focus on two popular editing programs: Lightroom and Photoshop. Though both are used to retouch and color correct images, they have significant differences which require careful attention. You'll find out how to fix underexposed shots in both programs. This information can prove to be valuable no matter which program you use. For example, if you do happen to experiment with Photoshop one day (despite not being a constant user), you'll know exactly how to fix very dark shots. It's a great skill to have!
Both Photoshop and Lightroom have the right tools to transform dark images into beautifully lit shots. However, in my humble opinion, I believe that Lightroom is a better program for adjusting exposure, shadows, highlights, and so on. Thus, it's better for overall color and lighting correction. Photoshop, on the other hand, is amazing when it comes to retouching. If you want to edit a large amount of work in a short amount of time, Lightroom would fit you better. If you want to focus solely on a few shots (and change minor details), then Photoshop is for you.
Whichever program you prefer, remember to never stop learning.