pspentax wrote in post #13279795
I don´t underexpose/overexpose my photos in the 5D, i was asking if any use that trick in the 5D as people do in other cameras.
A "trick" that many people who shoot Raw use is called "Expose To The Right", or ETTR. It tends to be misunderstood -- in a nutshell you "nudge" your exposure as "bright" as you can get it without "blowing" any meaningful highlights so that your in-camera histogram comes up to the Right but doesn't jam against it, indicating blown highlights. But there some stuff that goes along with this, such as setting your Picture Style to Neutral or Faithful with your Contrast and Saturations settings brought back to -4...
But, enough about that, simply because ETTR isn't really about "POP" but more about getting the "cleanest" image regarding digital noise. Now yes, the lack of noise can certainly affect the "look" of the image, but a nice thing about the 5D is that it does deliver clean images.
But "POP" is not about the Raw image, and this is what throws people off. If you consider a jpeg that a camera produces -- it has things applied in the camera to produce the "jpeg look", in other words some "pop". Specifically, cameras apply varying amounts of Contrast, Saturation and Sharpening, and then whatever other things that can apply, including White Balance and color tones that you set in the camera. The Picture Style is the main "tool" for you to use to set this stuff up.
But a Raw file has none of this applied. So...
I shot only RAW, so i´m not talking about good jpeg right out of the 5D.
Wath i find is that i need to do to much post processing in the 5D compared with other cameras i have to get that wow filling.
What Raw processor app are you using? you should know that most Raw processors tend to give a pretty subdued look to Raw previews, and it is up to the user to determine what "POP" settings to apply.
But, the Canon Raw processing software Digital Photo Professional (DPP) acutally applies your in-camera Picture Style and other settings to your initial Raw preview and even better, gives you the full freedom in the app itself to switch Picture Styles and White Balances around and to tweak these things to your heart's content, without doing anything to mess up the original Raw file. So, for example, to see a type of "Pop", you can switch from the Standard Picture Style to the Landscape Picture Style, and you will see changes to the Contrast, Saturation and Sharpening, and you can decide whether it gives you more of the Pop you want. Or, you could go to the Portrait Picture Style if you are taking close shots of people and see what it does.
And then, once you get a feel of what these Picture Styles do, you can tweak away to enhance the look of the photo, first in the Raw tab, and then you can check out the other tools and what they are capable of.
Now maybe you are using DPP, if so, say so, or tell us what Raw processing software you are using. I advise DPP for anyone struggling with Raw processing, especially those who are just getting started out, but definitely in your case because you are struggling with the Raw files of a camera that has earned a reputation over the last 5 years for producing great quality images.
And, if you haven't yet, check in to our 5D Classic Admirers' thread:
Finally, I'd encourage you to check our RAW Conversion Thread, where hundreds of folks have posted some pretty amazing things showing what can be done with Raw files and Raw processing software!
Hope this helps a bit Pedro!