Is this image of cows properly exposed? Struggling with editing.

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johnpul New Member • Posts: 16
Is this image of cows properly exposed? Struggling with editing.

Hello! I took one of my favorite images recently with a Sony A7riii and the GM 100-400. Unfortunately, I underexposed by about a stop. I'm trying to edit it in Lightroom in post, but I always struggle with the balance of what looks properly exposed printed vs on a backlit computer screen.

Do the shadows and highlights here look properly balanced? The shadows are already pushed in addition to the 1 stop for the entire image. I can't push it much more without noise becoming an issue.

The image is posted to imgur at the below link, also inserted below at a low resolution.

https://imgur.com/a/Y5PPq6h

macrouser
macrouser Senior Member • Posts: 2,057
Re: Is this image of cows properly exposed? Struggling with editing.

Every thing looks good below the rail but the white above the rail needs some reduction in level.  The white is clipped but can be recovered in post.  It is a very common problem with Sony cameras.

I also have the Sony 7RMIII.  It is a wonderful camera but I have to reduce highlights in nearly every image.  The dynamic range is awesome.

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Red Barchetta
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Re: Is this image of cows properly exposed? Struggling with editing.

macrouser wrote:

Every thing looks good below the rail but the white above the rail needs some reduction in level. The white is clipped but can be recovered in post. It is a very common problem with Sony cameras.

I also have the Sony 7RMIII. It is a wonderful camera but I have to reduce highlights in nearly every image. The dynamic range is awesome.

Agreed, I can see detail in the whites and shadows below the rail.

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Krusty79 Senior Member • Posts: 2,481
Re: Is this image of cows properly exposed? Struggling with editing.

The part of the image under the rail looks underexposed to me still.

Also, is the guard rail really bent like that? If not, I would straighten.

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CptAmerica
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Re: Is this image of cows properly exposed? Struggling with editing.

johnpul wrote:

Hello! I took one of my favorite images recently with a Sony A7riii and the GM 100-400. Unfortunately, I underexposed by about a stop. I'm trying to edit it in Lightroom in post, but I always struggle with the balance of what looks properly exposed printed vs on a backlit computer screen.

Do the shadows and highlights here look properly balanced? The shadows are already pushed in addition to the 1 stop for the entire image. I can't push it much more without noise becoming an issue.

The image is posted to imgur at the below link, also inserted below at a low resolution.

https://imgur.com/a/Y5PPq6h

It looks properly exposed to me, but can't be totally sure on this monitor without seeing the histogram.  I always double check my screen brightness and contrast against actual prints from my lab.

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