Why Exposing to the Right (ETTR) is BAD!

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: (ETTR) is BAD! But saying so is going to get you a lot of flack
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Sovern wrote:

Doug J wrote:

Sovern wrote:

I agree, I gave ETTR a try but honestly beginners are better off nailing the exposure in their camer as much as possible and learning how the histogram should look in camera for a specific scene vs worrying about keeping everything on the right.

This also keeps you safer from over exposing your photos which is the main thing that I mention that is a con from ETTR (You're more prone to losing your highlights).

Very true, but ETTR should not result in overexposure, I see this as the basic issue you raise. Some scenes will have a DR that exceeds the camera's DR abilities, but then this is a decision by the photog on what to expose for, and this is outside of the ETTR discussion.

Without any special effort at all ETTR is easily done within 1/2 an fstop, and more likely at less that 1/3 of an fstop.  With a little effort the 1/3 fstop is virtually guaranteed.

With some significant effort it can be within 1/10th of an fstop.

The only other way to achieve that kind of accuracy is bracketing every shot.

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