RX100 III - overexposed images?

Started Aug 7, 2014 | Discussions thread
Michael Fritzen Veteran Member • Posts: 5,247
Re: RX100 III - overexposed images?

Gary Coombs wrote:

The human eye has a dynamic range of about 24 f stops. Digital sensors have a dynamic range of only about 8 to 10 f stops. Film is even worse. There is no way any camera can record the light to dark range of a typical landscape in sunshine that the human eye sees. The automatic mode simply takes an average of what it is given and the result is that you will get what folks see as "blown highlights". Bottom line is that for the most part your pictures are beautiful and record what is possible with current sensor technology.

I've watched cameras being returned for the "blown highlight problem" for 50 years. It's ridiculous. It's not a problem. It's simply what sensor technology can currently do with a limited range of f stops.

Learn to take your camera off of automatic and expose for what is important to you. A perfectly exposed sky will have an under exposed land area. A perfectly exposed land area will have an over exposed sky. Automatic averages the scene. That's the way photography works. Shoot in RAW to have a little more control over dynamic range after the fact and to have total control over white balance.

+1 well said. Add to this the fact that scenes where green is the main colour tend to be exposed too long / look too bright and need some corrective intervention of the photographer.

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Michael Fritzen

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