Why Exposing to the Right (ETTR) is BAD!

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
JulesJ Forum Pro • Posts: 45,574
Re: Why Exposing to the Right (ETTR) is BAD!

Sovern wrote:

I see a lot of new photographers learning about exposure and then quickly being told that they should use a method of exposure called Exposing to the Right (or rather, ETTL). I went into depth as to why in my opinion, ETTR is bad, and especially bad for new photographers that want to develop a consistent base for their ability to get correct exposure correctly the first time around with worrying about losing highlights.

Me personally, I believe in getting the exposure/shot correct the first time in the camera and exposing properly versus to the right as many benefits as shown in the article presented below.


This is also the beginning of articles that are aimed at enthusiast/beginning photographers that want to learn more and discuss various techniques, philosophies regarding what gear you need, lighting, and so on.

Thanks for viewing all the best.

That's a stupid article. His whole premise us based on your image being over exposed and he keeps usingthose two words. I was taught about shooting to the right by landscape photographer David Ward, and it made sense to me. One does not over expose. The type of image that you can use this method is any exposure whos histogram does not use up the whole width of your histogram space. IF itsuits to the left of your graph with a space totight right, then and only then should you reexpose to move it to the right so that it dips down and to the right and exits as near as poss to th bottom right hand corner. Every band to the right on the hstograme holds twice as much information as the le to the left. So it makes sense, if you have the choice and your histogram isn't initially using up the whole width, to movtwit to the right.

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