For instance, "You need to hold back the highlights from being blown out on the print."
The term becomes "hold back from blowing out," so it makes sense. It is awkward, but at least someone listening/reading does not need to dig for or "be in on" an implied meaning.
Or, in regards to film processing (though you said initially that your statement was in regards to printing), "With development alteration, you can hold back the density of the highlights."
The term becomes "hold back density," so it makes sense.