Any suggestions for maintaining detail with darker parts of the photo and toning down brighter part?

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Quarkcharmed Contributing Member • Posts: 658
Re: Any suggestions for maintaining detail ....

mfinley wrote:

And now it is about trying to create, another universe of your own liking where everyone is running around spot-metering and locking exposures with AE buttons because you quote an article about one of many ways to accomplish something, and then a Canon camera manual, and this then becomes 'how it's done by everyone.'

I never said it was 'how it's done for everyone'. And never even implied it. Check this thread, I was commenting on the concrete recommendations in this thread. My links to external sources were just to illustrate the point. Also I said (in a message to you) that 'exposing for the highlights' is a confusing term which this discussion proves perfectly well. It's not a single technique, it's a wide range of different techniques sometimes not compatible with each other. In general they involve metering on the highlights and then dialing some compensation (or no compensation at all).

Do those techniques protect the highlights? - yes. Are they the same as ETTR? - no, and that was the point.

If there's a speed limit of 100 on a highway and you're doing 99, you're protected from being fined. If you're doing 50 or 70, you're also protected, but 99 is more optimal. ETTR enables you to do very close to 100; exposing for the highlights, whatever that means for different people, will give you less than 100 and sometimes close to 50.

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