Why Exposing to the Right (ETTR) is BAD!

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
PhotoPMW Regular Member • Posts: 116
Re: Why Exposing to the Right (ETTR) is BAD!

apaflo wrote:

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.

Your blog article lists 5  supposed reasons that ETTR is bad, but all 5 are invalid, and simply wrong to the point of being ridiculous.

Not a good start on trying to teach.

I think the reason you are getting ripped apart on this thread is because you don't understand ETTR at all.  ETTR is not about "overexposing."  It is about preserving the highlights you are interested in.  In your photo of the girl and the cloudy sky,  I say you DID practice ETTR, because you preserved the highlights in the face.  And that is exposing as far to the right as you can.  I do not practice ETTR consciously.   However, I do place the highlights where they need to be, which accomplishes about the same thing.  I, too, teach photography, and I do not teach ETTR.  New students are confused enough by highlights, shadows, histograms and so on.

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