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Are burned out highlights bad?

I have read many answers and articles saying that I should avoid blown out highlights, but is it really a bad thing? Why should I avoid it?
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Why are blown-out highights pink instead of white in Darktable?

I switched to Linux and started using Darktable as my RAW processor. It is great and I love all of its functions. Lately I've tried to do some HDR shots and I noticed that the parts which are blown ...
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Why is it that when the green channel clips, it turns into blue?

I was taking photos of snow sculptures at night, and I noticed something strange on my Olympus O-MD E-M10 Mark II. This green lit sculpture when the green channel gets blown, turns blue ...
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Is the Olympus Highlight & Shadow Control for jpeg only, or does it affect raw files?

Is the Olympus Highlight & Shadow Control for jpeg only, or does it affect raw files? In other words is it an effect that can be accomplished just as well in post-processing, or will it adjust ...
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How do I adjust overexposure in certain parts of the image only, using darktable?

I am very new to RAW editing. I clicked few pic and they have overexposure problem in selected area using darktable. I can't find out a way to edit/remove the overexposed part only. I have tried ...
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Grass area blown out with sunlight, turns brown when reducing highlights; what to do?

I regularly take RAW outdoor photos, and I encounter a annoying problem on post processing: on photos containing grass with both shadows and areas with direct sunlight, I can't recover blown out areas ...
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How do I fix blown out windows?

How do I fix the bright window? I'm new to Photoshop and have no idea how to do anything, so please give easy to follow instructions! I'd like the window to be darker and my mom and brother to be ...
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How can I deal with uneven highlights in product photography with a mannequin?

I'm new to product photography, what causes this blown out highlight in the mannequin's left hand as shown in the picture above? See the lighting setup below, I am using two softboxes as light ...
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How to create shadows and highlights on a subject during photo manipulation in Photoshop?

What is the best method to create shadows (darken) and highlights (brighten) on a subject to match the lighting of new background image during photo manipulation in Photoshop?
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Create apparel highlights with photoshop

I have been doing some photoshoot using 2 lightboxes directly on the item. The result is decent, but the items has a very unnatural lighting, which I would like to fix on Photoshop with some effect. ...
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How does RAW prevent “ugly digital clipping”?

In another answer user Ilmari writes, in the context of preventing overexposure: In general, I would also recommend always shooting RAW, both to better capture the full dynamic range of your ...
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How to keep burnt-out regions from becoming strongly blue and purple in Rawtherapee?

I am getting the following very unpleasant visual effect from a party picture I am trying to post-process in RawTherapee. Basically, I would like to have the regions where the lights pointed to look ...
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Do the clipping indicators in Lightroom show that the value is at the maximum, or beyond?

The clipping indicators in Lightroom show when a channel or all channels are clipping in either the shadows or the highlights, but I've seen them used in two ways: Use them as an indicator of when ...
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How to look at midtones, shadows and highlights separately?

Is there some hotkey or other quick method in popular editors for showing, separately, which pixels are highlights, which are shadows, which are midtones? I know only of a function to select midtones ...
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What's the difference between adjusting highlights and shadows in the basic panel and in the tone curve in the Develop Module of Lightroom?

I wanted to reduce some highlights in a photo and found that there were two possible ways of doing so: one from the basic panel and another from the tone curve. when I reduce the highlights in one ...
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How do I give my photos the same dreamlike effect as this photographer?

I've always found this photographer's images very intriguing and have recently been curious as to how she took and/or edited them. Can you explain how this effect would be achieved via both of these ...
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What's the balance of highlights, shadows, lights, and darks in this photo?

I would love to give my photos a dreamy effect like this. I can see there's some clarity reduction; what, in terms of highlights, shadows, lights, and darks, would the lighting look like? For instance,...
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Why do highlights appear blown out in Lightroom but not on my camera?

I'm editing my RAW images from my Canon 5D mk III in Lightroom, on the camera display they looked great: But then once I open them in Lightroom the highlights appear blown out and awful, this image ...
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How can I correct overexposed highlights on skin in a RAW file?

I received a raw file which has overexposed areas. The camera was a Phase One A/S and the photographer said that it would be possible to correct this afterwards. I wonder how/what to fix when the ...
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700D how to blink on over-exposure?

How can I blink pixels that are over-exposured, on my brand new Canon 700D? I just can't find the setting for this.
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Does Lightroom accurately show highlight and shadow clipping?

Lightroom has three places in the UI where it shows information about highlight and shadow clipping: The histogram in the Loupe mode. The histogram in the Develop mode. On the image itself, by using ...
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How do histograms handle highlight and shadow clipping?

My camera shows a histogram in the preview: And after I take the photo: I shoot RAW, but as I understand it, the histogram is computed from JPEG, so it might indicate that the highlights and/or ...
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Are modern digital cameras better at dealing with blown highlights than they used to be?

Several years ago, I asked Why are blown highlights particularly bad in digital photography?, and if you look there, you can see some fairly convincing answers as to why this is. In an answer to a ...
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How do I capture the moon and its surrounding context?

I wanted to photograph the full moon against a beautiful deep blue sky. I ended up with blown-out highlights of the moon: So I switched to spot metering and captured the moon, losing the blue sky in ...
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Why can I recover more highlights RAW files from some cameras than from others?

I have two cameras that both shoot raw: Nikon D800 and Fujifilm X20. When editing I have discovered that I can recover a lot more information from a D800 raw image than a X20 raw image. Is it because ...
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How can I hide the Blown Shadows/Highlights Indicators in Camera Raw?

How do I stop Camera Raw showing blown blacks as blue and blown whites as red in Photoshop Camera Raw?
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Why are white-lighted areas on my Nikon D5100's LCD blinking continuously?

I bought a Nikon D5100 a few days back, with the 18-55mm kit lens. For past few days it was working fine. But today when I clicked some photos, I noticed that the while viewing the photos on camera ...
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What's the difference between adding contrast and simultaneously darkening highlights and brightening shadows in Lightroom?

In Lightroom 4, when editing a RAW file, what's the difference (if any) between the following edits: A). +30 Contrast Or B). -30 Highlights, +30 Shadows. Do these do the same thing?
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How to correct photos which were overexposed at the edges only?

I'm dealing with a set of photos where a model was photographed against a white backdrop. The problem is that due to the setup, way too much light reflected off the backdrop. So the model's face (for ...
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What is white or black “clipping”, and how does one avoid it?

I have been told that this photograph has "white clippings"? What are they, and which light sources should be placed in what way to avoid that?
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How do I properly expose dark scenes containing bright light sources?

I'm new in photography, however I have some basic knowledge of exposure, aperture, etc. I own a Nikon D7000. The issue I've found in number of pics I've taken (in P mode) is that whenever the scene ...
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Why are blown highlights particularly bad in digital photography?

I've heard that digital sensors are less "forgiving" of blown highlights than film. Why is this? There's something called "characteristic curves". How does this relate, in film and in digital? Can ...
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When is it okay to have blown highlights and shadows?

I've always worked very hard to avoid absolute white and absolute black in my photos. But I think maybe I'm working too hard. When is it appropriate to have blown highlights / shadows? Are there ...
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What is “Highlight Tone Priority”?

This seems to be available in most of recent Canon cameras. I am curious how it works, and how it is different from the Auto Lighting Optimizer. Is it a useful function?
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What post-processing methods work best to “fix” photos that are blown out from flash?

Even when bouncing flash off the ceiling or nearby walls, you can occasionally blow out or overexpose a picture. What methods work best in Lightroom 3 or other software to reduce or eliminate the ...
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How to avoid blown out highlights with the Nikon D300?

Sometimes when I take photos with a Nikon D300 I got some blown out highlights. Does anybody knows a technique that helps to avoid this undesirable effect?
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Loss of detail in high key areas?

Lately I took a few pictures from quite bright things with a Nikon D700. Even though I did not overexpose them by at least 2/3rds of a stop, the pictures lacked a lot of details in high key. Later on ...