Dynamic Range, again Locked

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realmadeira Regular Member • Posts: 154
Shadow details (and high DR) are overrated

I am old enough to have used a slide film in the 90's. Back then the standard practice was to expose correctly and if shadows are black so be it. Look at the National Geographic photos of pre-digital era for the example of this look

This obsession with DR and shadow detail is a very recent idea. Ten years ago HDR landscapes were in vogue, now it is a shadow recovery. I see more and more often even in news coverage the pictures with compressed tonal range with detailed highlights and shadows that we never seen before.

Some people might argue that we are entitled to have high DR because it is how our eyes see it. I think it is not true, our eyes adjust a a lot, but we don't see all highlights and shadow details simultanously

I would also argue that high DR creates too busy picture, too many details, you don't know where to look. It is like a picture with too much of depth of field

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