Bassat wrote in post #17997639
That makes sense. I know I don't push the limits of my equipment. It only makes sense that someone who pays for a Maserati would drive it harder than I drive my Rav4. I guess part of the reason I sold my 5Dc for a 6D was ISO performance. Duh!
(reminder to self - think BEFORE posting)
Yeah, pushing shadows is not something you want/hope to do with every single image. But some situations do benefit greatly if you have a sensor that gives you the latitude to significantly bring up the shadows or bring back the highlights. Thus far, most digital sensors aren't great at retaining highlights. Once an area of the image is over-exposed, it's gone. So in high-contrast situation, where you don't have the luxury of bringing a flash or reflector or aux lighting to illuminate your foreground subject, but still want to capture some background, in order to do so, you expose more for the brighter background and hope that you can pull up the shadows later for the foreground.
An example is this image below from my recent vacation down in Mexico. The restaurant was literally on the beach/sand. It's lunch time, bright out, and we're under the covered patio area having a meal. My son to the right and his cousin to the left. This was taken as a 5-image HDR and merged in LR using my 1DX.
I tried desperately to pull up the shadows from the single image that exposed the background better but I was left with severe noise, banding crept up, and it was just unpleasant. It would have either been nice background with silhouettes, or photo of my son and his cousin but a bleached out white background with hints of some vertical poles, no sky/sand/wave behind them.