Why Exposing to the Right (ETTR) is BAD!

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Ernie Misner
Ernie Misner Veteran Member • Posts: 3,814
Re: (ETTR) is BAD! But saying so is going to get you a lot of flack

>>> With ETTR you are overexposing though. 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. >>>

There is a difference between exposing to the right and having important highlights actually climbing up the right side of the histogram.

Many times in high contrast conditions where the subject is not in the bright light or when there are specular highlights way beyond our control, we actually want these "sacrificial highlights" to climb up the right hand side of the histogram some.   Otherwise the subject would be underexposed....  ouch.

Preserving integrity of the color is important though.   If there are important and dominant subject colors of green for example, gross over or under exposure will make it very difficult to get a correct green in PP.   So common sense and experience has to weigh in here as well.

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