Why Exposing to the Right (ETTR) is BAD!

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP Sovern Contributing Member • Posts: 907
Re: Why Exposing to the Right (ETTR) is BAD!

apaflo wrote:

Sovern wrote:

Each photographer has their own theory's, philosophies, and techniques, and I can respect that.

Sure, but those with more accurate theories, with productive philosophies, and with effective techniques are due the most respect!

With ETTR you are overexposing though.

Not true.  You are using a flawed (by over simplification) definition of overexposing.

Over exposure occurs when desired detail in highlights is lost due to clipping.

Excessive brightness is a problem with tonal distribution, not overexposure.

You are defining overexposure as anything that produces too bright an image with one set type of processing.   That can be a useful definition in very simple situations (teaching beginners is an example), but it doesn't work well at advanced levels where the intent is to get the best possible image rather than teach only the most basic techniques.

Sure the data is there but if you shot the photo JPEG or even just did a direct transfer from RAW to JPEG on the photo it would be overexposed.

What is "a direct transfer from RAW to JPEG"?  Is that whatever you set your camera's JPEG engine parameters for?  Well then, set them differently and your "correct" exposure is wrong.

ETTR requires PP work to bring the exposure down.

All images are produced by "post processing" in the sense that there necessarily is processing done after the shutter is triggered and the raw sensor data is captured.  You are saying that the "brightness" parameter set in the camera is more valid than a RAW conversion done external to the camera with a "brightness" parameter set by inspection rather than by the estimate necessarily used to set the camera.

The actual difference is that setting the camera is easier, while setting an external parameter is absolutely more accurate.

The title of the thread was done on purpose as to spark up a discussion.

Then perhaps you should not be upset that a couple of folks had names for you that were appropriate to that having been done?  

Okay, well if you shot the photo RAW+JPEG and used ETTR....took the SD card out and made a print of the photo it would in fact be overexposed.

That's what I'm talking about when I say overexposure.

Now if you adjust the photo back to where you can see the detail that was pulled back down only then is it not overexposed.

If I showed a model of a shot taken used ETTR on the back of my LCD they would claim that it's overexposed and I would be inclined to agree as without touching the photo at all from that point onward it would be overexposed.

It only looks "normal" when we pull the exposure down.

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