How to Process Macro Photography for Stunning Results

Stunning macro image of a purple flower

2. Use the Histogram to Set the Exposure for the Best Detail

When you’re post-processing photos, I suggest you start with exposure.

Because correct exposure gives you an overall sense of the scene. And it’ll help you determine how to want to continue processing your image.

In general, you should have one main goal when initially setting the exposure:

Preserve as much detail as possible.

Stunning macro image of a pink and yellow flower

That is, you want to make sure your photos have details in the shadows. And you want to make sure your photos have details in the highlights.

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