November 22nd, 2016
Don asked about controlling light from over-bright bulbs:
I wondered what the best techniques are for post-exposure modification of over-bright bulbs, lamps and other fixtures that show up as undifferentiated white blobs. Obviously, I would rather avoid the problems by using bounced light, changing bulbs, or using a dimmer, but sometimes that isn’t possible. What are the best practices for fixing these problems in Lightroom or Photoshop CC or in camera?
There’s a very effective way of controlling by shooting two exposures. One for the bright bulb and one for the rest of the room. Simon Maxwell, the author of Enfuse and Hand Blending In Photoshop For Real Estate Photography has a tutorial that explains this technique very nicely.
Once you use this technique a few times it is quick and easy. It is faster and easier than changing bulbs!