To ETTR or not to ETTR...?

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Barty L
Barty L Senior Member • Posts: 1,432
Re: To ETTR or not to ETTR...?

Photo Pete wrote:

Exposing to the right causes all sorts of problems when the brightest part of the scene happens to be on the left.

or have I misunderstood something?

If you meter from the brightest part of the scene and adjust exposure until that part is at the far right of the histogram, then the resultant image will appear 'too bright'. If you shoot JPEG only, or don't like post-processing, then that is something to avoid.

If you shoot RAW and are happy to post-process, you can always reduce the brightness in post back to how you remember the scene.

Why bother? By increasing exposure you have captured more light. More light means less visible noise. If you decrease the brightness in post, then you further decrease visible noise. So your dimly-lit scene will be perceptually noise-free.

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