You could use the brightness/contrast option that we used at the beginning of this article, but a more controllable option is Curves. In Photoshop this appears in the Image>Adjustments menu and can be called up using the shortcut keys Ctrl+M. Click on the diagonal line in the bottom left of the graph that appears and drag it upwards to create a curved line. Adjust until the area is as bright as it can go without looking unnatural. You need it to look balanced with the sky.
|Here's the end result - far better than the original and it has helped to sort out a typical metering dilemma. Some may find this a touch too green, so you could go a stage further and adjust colour balance adding red to make it more neutral. || |