Overexposing V Underexposing

Started Feb 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
nixda
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Re: Overexposing V Underexposing
In reply to belcanto, Feb 12, 2013

belcanto wrote:

Really interesting. I've been reading about ettr for a while but thanks to this link realised what it is. The question now is, How do you do it?? The histogram in the camera only shows the EVF's light. There is no high-clipping funktion. There isn't even a choice to choose where to meter. So again. How do you do it?

You can't. At least not easily.

Best would be to a raw histogram. That would show any sensels that are truly clipped. AFAIK, no camera displays a raw histogram. Neither does any mainstream software.

So, the only way really is to learn the behavior of your camera at various JPG settings, e.g., figure out through a series of test shots what the 'headroom' is when all in-camera processing parameters are set to their least-biased values. Then adjust exposure accordingly, and don't worry if it shows some blinkies in the camera, because you know the data are there in raw. If still worried, you can always bracket around the chosen exposure, but make sure the bracketing doesn't change ISO, which the X-E1, for example, does at certain settings.

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