Solution

The photograph of the quilt below was taken in partial shade. Notice how the quilt appears washed out in areas on which the sunlight fell.

Original photograph

Let's recover some of the detail from those shadowed areas. Select Image > Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight. In the dialog box that appears, check the Show More Options checkbox. Adjust the values for Shadows and Highlights. If the shadowed areas start to look too gray or dull, increase the Color Correction amount. Click OK once you're happy with the effect.

For additional enhancement, try adding a Levels or Curves adjustment layer.

The examples at the top of the next page compare my original photo to the adjusted photo. The difference is subtle, but the adjustment allows us to see more of the detail on the quilt, and more of its natural colors.

Shadow/Highlight dialog box
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