Lightroom/Camera Raw: Increase in Fill Light range

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With the increase in Dynamic Range of the latest generation of sensors, I think Lightroom's Fill Light slider ought to have more range. Quite frequently when editing a photo with a wide luminance gap between, say, the sky and the ground, I max out my fill light when the darker parts of the photo are actually still not light enough.
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Lee Jay

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Use the exposure slider too.
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Kevin Schoenmakers

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That would blow the highlights, so that's no substitute.
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Lee Jay

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Hmmm...I think with fill light and recovery both at max, the total dynamic range you can expose with LR is around 14 stops. So it should all fit in the histogram.

Maybe the problem is that you can fit it all in, but it doesn't look the way you like it if you do?
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I never thought about using recovery - thanks for the suggestion!
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Also, in case you haven't already, consider lowering blacks and/or increasing brightness, and/or use the tone curve (consider starting with a linear tone-curve).

Also, one way to lighten darks *and* increase detail in highlights is to lower contrast, and/or choose a neutral profile. If it loses pizazz, then increase vibrance/saturation and clarity.