To ETTR or not to ETTR...?

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knickerhawk Veteran Member • Posts: 6,237
Re: To ETTR or not to ETTR...?

Jeepit wrote:

big aperture wrote:

I do ETTR most of the time... with my camera shooting RAW even at some extreme exposure compensation values i can avoid blowing hightlights....

So does that mean for most of your shots you are pushing the histogram to the right and overexposing... to fix later in PP?

You need to ask yourself, "What is overexposing?" If you are shooting raw and exposing in such a way as to avoid clipped highlights that can't be recovered during raw conversion but, consequently, with less noise and more shadow detail than what you would have obtained by exposing per conventional metering, aren't you actually exposing properly? And isn't the conventional metering strategy in that situation actually underexposing?

IIRC ETTR is only meant to be used at base ISO for maximum efficiency/results

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