Forest scenes with GF1: dynamic range?

Started Apr 30, 2011 | Discussions thread
Anders W
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Re: Forest scenes with GF1: dynamic range?
In reply to weesam, May 5, 2011

weesam wrote:

I think with film, certainly, you would dial in -1 or -2 stops.

New fanlged digital, it's often best to do that in post-processing to keep shadows noise free.

ie, keep the historgram as broad and fat as possible.

(shrugs)

I'd probably do the opposite. With negative film you are less likely to clip the highlights completely so I would probably not try to "underexpose". With slides, where nothing can be done later on, I'd try to steer some middle course.

With digital, I'd underexpose by a stop or two, and then lift the shadows in PP. In my experience, this is not a big problem with respect to shadow noise even with the DR of a camera like the GF1 (provided that we are talking about base ISO). I do this all the time with my current lowly Pentax K100D, which is quite comparable to the GF1 when it comes to DR.

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