Let's talk Dynamic Range

Started Sep 16, 2013 | Discussions thread
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brucet
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Let's talk Dynamic Range
Sep 16, 2013

We're all guilty of wanting cameras with more dynamic range. But are we going toooo far?

In the past year or two I, along will many others, have been on a pursuit to 'milk' as much dynamic range out of my photos as possible. Albeit with camera or software. But lately I've been sorting out my data base and looking at some of my older work. Sure they have blown highlights and blocked up shadows. But my newer work is 'flat' in comparison. Sure the new stuff is more 'technically correct' but there is something about the contrast in the old photos that makes them work.

Look at some of your favourite galleries and look at the photos you like. My bet is that the 'better' work doesn't fall into the 'full dynamic range' range!!

So have we gone to far? Is being 'technically correct' more important than the 'artistic' side of our work/hobby?

Are some dark shadows acceptable? Heaven forbid even a few blown highlights?

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