Expose for shadows/highlights

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OP brandon77 Regular Member • Posts: 254
Re: right, except that it's underexpose

tassienick wrote:

brandon77 wrote:

Svein Eriksen wrote:

How did you convert this to digital? Agree it's too bright, but I doubt there are blown highlights.

I just got the lab to send me the files on dropbox

Have you seen the negs? 

No, I never get them back after

Its difficult to judge exposure based on lab scans because they’re working to what they *think* you want to see, and the end result of the scan may not represent the actual negative.

Your example of the portrait looks well exposed (there’s no blown highlights), but the file looks fairly typical of the high key aesthetic that seems to dominate film photography these days.

As an aside, when metering a white body in full sunlight I would generally go one or two stops under. If the meter is correct for the background (which is most of the scene), the subject is going to be over.

So I change my rating of film?

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