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Editing Toolbox: Improving the Look of Blown-out Bokeh in Backlit Shots

editing toolbox free editing tutorials Jan 20, 2023

By Charlotte Reeves

Prevention is always better than cure, so minimising areas of blown-out bokeh in the background of backlit shots while you're shooting is always the best plan.

But for those images where it was unavoidable, what can you do to improve the visual appearance of those bright bokeh areas, where there's zero detail in the highlights?

This quick technique in Photoshop uses a colour layer and a blending mode to add some interest to those white areas, which drastically improves the look of the image in a really subtle, natural way.

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