Why Exposing to the Right (ETTR) is BAD!

Started Mar 30, 2013 | Discussions thread
Barrie Davis
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Re: Why Exposing to the Right (ETTR) is BAD!

schmegg wrote:

gwlaw99 wrote:

Trying to catch up here without reading the entire thread.  Can someone explain to me how ISO crept into the discussion when ISO does not effect exposure?  Is the conversation now on whether it is better to use a higher ISO or increase brightness in post processing?



ISO should only enter the discussion at all if you intend to change it to achieve the exposure shift. And, even then, given all the other factors in play and the amount you are likely to be shifting the metered solution, it is a minor consideration and depends also on the particular camera you are using. (something I'm guessing some here don't wish to consider, or simply don't understand).

ETTR is all about maximising the saturation of the sensor for a given scene. ISO has nothing at all do to with this.

Q: So how do you do that without increasing the exposure?
A: You can't. There is no other way to increase the amount of light striking the sensor than to use a longer shutter duration and/or a wider aperture... (leaving aside the possibility of supplementing the lighting!)

Conclusion: If you increase the exposure, which you are obliged to do..

...then you are carrying out the same actions as using a lower ISO...

...with NO photographic difference whatsoever, and with the SAME photographic results.

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