Exposing to the right! D600

Started Apr 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
Tony Beach Veteran Member • Posts: 9,808
Re: Try this:

Steve Bingham wrote:

1- Photograph a step wedge. (or better yet, make one in PS CS6)

2- Now print this and take a look at the whites. Chances are you will need to get to at least 230-230-230 before you see any detail. Maybe even 220-220-220 depending on the photo paper used.

You see, putting all this information in the 245-255 range does very little good! It simply won't print. ETTR then, puts a ton of information in an area that can't be printed. I make it a point to pretty much set my white point around 230-240, depending on what is in the whites.

As a serious printer, I am not alone.

Your argument applies to OOC JPEGs, but not to Raw data.  If you are putting the (typically) green channel in the 250 range and the blue and red channels are less than that, then even though with a WB applied to the file you are seeing a 250 on your white point you have all the detail -- absolutely all of it -- in that Raw file and you have the latitude to recover it during conversion.

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