Generally, when trying to create a nicely exposed image:
1. How does adjusting the contrast technically vary from just adjusting the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks? Doesn't adjusting the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks create contrast? Should I still adjust my contrast in addition to the highlights, shadows, whites and blacks?
2. I drag my Highlights to the right to move my histogram towards the right and am able to all the way until it hits +100 and it is still not peaking on the right. Is this a good idea to do it this way? What should I be looking for within my highlights to determine how far to drag to the right?
3. I drag my whites to the right until the red overlay begins displaying indicating that I'm clipping my highlights/whites. I then drag back the whites until the red overlay disappears. Is this a good approach?
Thanks in advance
Hi. Let me tell you how I begin to adjust just about all of my images and hopefully answer your points.
I hope this gives you a good starting place. Additionally, the Tone Curve will allow you to increase contrast with more control than the Contrast slider.