Expose for shadows/highlights

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Re: Expose for shadows/highlights

brandon77 wrote:

I have heard many people talking about exposing for shadows and highlights in film photography, and how it can make quite a big difference to photos

If I am using a camera with metering in it how would I go about this, or combine both together? mainly shoot people


There is no one “right” answer.

Color negative film, b&w film or slides?

With color negative or black & white film, expose for the shadows. Both types have quite a bit of room in the highlights to hold those details, but dark tones underexposed do not hold up well.

If slide film, expose for highlights. Overexposed highlights in slides are pretty much gone so you want to avoid that unless you’re out for a certain look.

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