To ETTR or not to ETTR...?

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Pixnat2 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,717
Re: All depends on your expected output

Jeepit wrote:

Pixnat2 wrote:

You shoot landscapes in difficult light and are adept of squeezing out all the DR and shadow details you can in post processing?

You can't stand a bit of noise in your shadows?

In those cases, mastering ETTR could be helpful.

But for casual shooting, I wouldn't worry about it. Our modern cameras have excellent metering system and enough DR to cope with nearly all situations.

That said, it's a nice technique to learn and use in some cases.

Thanks for your post. What would those cases be?

You're welcome.

Lanscapes with high contrast (deep shadows and strong highlights) is probably the main case where ETTR can be useful.

In this scenario, camera tend to protect highlight for the JPEG, thus it underespose a bit. This will introduce noise in the shadows which will be visible when you try to recover your RAW files. In a landscape picture, you would lose fine details in the shadows and get a mushy result.

ETTR will burn your JPEG, but less noise will be present in the shadows. If correctly done, you could recover your highlights, and you'll get a landscape with clean shadows and fine details.

Peronally, that's the only case where I use ETTR.

But all pictures with high contrast, where you need a wide Dynamic Range, would benefits form ETTR.

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