Noise and ETTR

Started Feb 6, 2014 | Questions thread
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Bob Tullis
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Re: Noise and ETTR

LincolnB wrote:

Based on my prints and output, ETTR is simply way overrated.

That photographer is using ETTR, regardless of whether he likes to admit it or not. The procedure for ETTR is to expose as far the right as possible without blowing the highlights. What he's discovered is that for night shots it's not possible to push the exposure very far to the right, that's all. It's still pushed as far to the right as possible, which is not very far when you're photographing light sources.

I was thinking the same thing. For a challenging DR exposing a bright as possible w/o blowing highlights ETTR is the way it's done with a single exposure, wittingly or not. Though, for a mid to bright thick fog with low contrast it wouldn't hurt to over expose (w/o clipping) for optimal S/N, but it wouldn't be necessary to ETTER (expose to the extreme right).

It's best to 'debate' such practices with photographic examples, to insure all parties are referencing the same type of scenes with contrary positions. Otherwise. . .


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