I found every time new ways and combinations to correct exposure and tone curve.
I am sure most of you know them all but i start to be amazed how lots of people talk about "i can’t life without the Layers of LR/adobe cc… wile DxO exposure control palette is so much more then the first glans. So, i though lets line up the possibility’s:
1- Combination of Smartlighting with the boxes and exposure compensation.
(Use the boxes to protect highlight for further lift , mark the important object with a box and raise shadow by exposure compensation.
2- Tone curve tool: master the tonecurve adjustment explained a bit by @platypus.
3- Local adjustment controlpoints masks gradient filter (all kinds of things: color, vibrancy, exposure enz.
4 Simple quick two controlpoint system:
one on a shadow, push mask see if all darker area’s are selected click some extra points if needed.
second new group on the highlights same system click a (one) point, adjust exposure and start clicking on bright spots to lower exposure with copies (group)…
Now you got two masks a highlight mask and a shadow mask. select and slide exposure sliders of both to fine tune and done. 1 minute work. (fine tune with negative’s if needed)
5- and ofcaorse selective tone tool with advanged settings of contrast tool.
To use the premade global maskes of DXO for shadow and highlight.
And you can use all in almost all combinations.
I wanted the concrete girafes like a shadow wile the rest was “normal”
quick DR range levelling.
One controlpoint for exposure texture and vibrance and selective tone/contrast to finish the image.