What really makes big sensors produce more appealing images? *Serious*

Started Mar 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: What really makes big sensors produce more appealing images? *Serious*

Pasmia wrote:

ZX11 wrote:

The fact that big sensors are owned by people who can do this to a photograph:


I think the guy spent an half hour on one photo fiddling in ways I don't understand.

I've heard a lot about images from bigger sensors holding up in post much better than smaller sensors. I don't really understand why, but apparently, small sensor files break down faster, and even at base ISO, grain will show through much faster from pushing shadows than with a bigger sensor. I try my best to adjust my exposure for shadows and then pull highlights in post, but more often than I'd like, I end up clipping my highlights and end up with irreparable images. This is kind of why practically all static images/still photography that I do are done with -2/0/+2 bracketing and blended in post.

Exposing for the shadows is definitely not a good idea for digital sensors. Clipping of highlights is much worse than noisy shadows.

Many people try to "expose to the right" - that is, give enough exposure to just avoid highlight clipping. I tend to expose for the mid tones and shoot RAW so that highlights can be recovered if necessary. Unfortunately cameras with small sensors usually lack RAW file saving.

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