To ETTR or not to ETTR...?

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TomFid Veteran Member • Posts: 3,112
Re: ETTR is an esthetic decision

Jeepit wrote:

FingerPainter wrote:

Jeepit wrote:

N disrespect intended...but I'm still a bit befuddled on how, when ( I understand thew 'why') to implement ETTR.

When doing so will reduce noisiness without causing other unwanted effects

makes sense thank you...'causing unwanted effects?'

I think this depends a lot on your shooting style. If you're shooting jpeg for nice results SOOC, forget about it. You might investigate the HDR features instead.

If you're shooting raw and postprocessing, then you can consider the following:

Is the subject contrasty, with deep shadows you care about?

- If no, ETTR probably isn't worth bothering with.

- If yes, try to get the histogram as far to the right as possible, or try to bring up the exposure as much as possible without triggering blinkies. Either way, there's generally still a fair amount of highlight headroom in the raw file, because the histogram is based on the jpeg rendering. Still, pay attention to whether there are specular highlights you need to worry about.

There's really no substitute for simply doing some testing on your own.

Realistically, I don't worry about this nearly as much as I used to. When I encounter a contrasty scene, and care enough to bother, and nothing is moving, I just bracket and merge to HDR in lightroom later.

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