Highlight/Shadow Action

Sometimes when shooting outdoors, there is no avoiding the harsh contrast that results in dark shadows. Sometimes we can compensate for the harsh shadows with fill flash however this is not always practical. When I shoot Cutting Horse, over the course of a day I'm shooting upwards of a 1000 photos, many times in bursts of 3-5 images at 8 frames per second and fill flash is not practical due to the recycling times. As well, with sporting type events you are shooting at a distance that deminishes the effects of fill flash.
 
This is where some digital manipulation is requried to enhance the image and where I have found the Shadow/Highlight filter of Photoshop CS very useful.
 
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