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Old 02-07-2015, 06:41 PM   #5
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I like to use "Auto" whatever as a proofer. It's not always accurate but in this case, "auto-levels" brightens the scene ever so slightly yet it makes for a more appealing result - it basically left the yellows, but brightened the whites of the houses and snow, while at the same time, made the headlight really snap.

If you have Photoshop, or something similar with "select color range", you can sample the headlight, invert the selection and brighten everything else.

Shadows and highlights is a last resort, it will bring more overall light to the scene, but make sure to keep your blacks.

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