High contrast scenes with the DPxM

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curiouspeter
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High contrast scenes with the DPxM
May 7, 2013

Experts, how do you guys expose for high contrast scenes with the DP Merrill?

I just received mine last week and I am already blown away by the pixel-level sharpness. The images at 100% look as if they had been down-sampled.

However, I am still having trouble with the exposure. I practice ETTR to reduce shadow noise but I keep blowing highlights. It seems the live histogram is not useful at all.

Is there a secret trick to make the histogram more reliable? It does not change even if I apply negative exposure compensation. On the other hand, sometimes I can safely recover the highlights with the histogram crowding to the right, but sometimes the image is hopelessly unrecoverable even if the live histogram looks perfect.

I am already setting contrast/saturation/sharpness to -1 in the camera.

Should I just always bracket my shots with +/- 0.7 EV?

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