Higher ISO or underexpose then corrected in PP?

Started Mar 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
4x5 Guy Senior Member • Posts: 1,341
Re: Higher ISO or underexpose then corrected in PP?

mosum wrote:

If a scene calls for a higher ISO for a correct exposure, for a given shutter speed and aperture would you underexpose the scene with a lower ISO (thus less noise and "perceived" higher DR) and then lift up the exposure in PP, or use a higher ISO to begin with?

Here I'm talking about underexposing by no more than 1 stop, and images acquired in RAW.

Thanks for your insights.

It largely depends upon whether underexposing will cause the lose of shadow detail. It detail is lost, no amount of PP will fix that. The old film adage was expose for the shadows and develop for the highlights. Some of that still applies to the digital world.

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