What really makes big sensors produce more appealing images? *Serious*

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Mark Scott Abeln
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Re: What really makes big sensors produce more appealing images? *Serious*
In reply to D Cox, 9 months ago

D Cox wrote:

Pasmia wrote:

ZX11 wrote:

The fact that big sensors are owned by people who can do this to a photograph:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPiYVvCtNUQ

I think the guy spent an half hour on one photo fiddling in ways I don't understand.

I've heard a lot about images from bigger sensors holding up in post much better than smaller sensors. I don't really understand why, but apparently, small sensor files break down faster, and even at base ISO, grain will show through much faster from pushing shadows than with a bigger sensor. I try my best to adjust my exposure for shadows and then pull highlights in post, but more often than I'd like, I end up clipping my highlights and end up with irreparable images. This is kind of why practically all static images/still photography that I do are done with -2/0/+2 bracketing and blended in post.

Exposing for the shadows is definitely not a good idea for digital sensors. Clipping of highlights is much worse than noisy shadows.

Agreed. Many digital cameras have a considerable amount of ‘invisible’ shadow detail which can be brought up in post processing or by camera settings. I do much less HDR these days because I’m using a camera with a deeper dynamic range.

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