Phrasikleia wrote in post #14350707
Yes, I have some advise that will serve you very well: learn to read a histogram
. Chimp your histogram after an initial test shot. In a situation like this, you're good to go after one or two test shots. Better still: use UniWB to ensure that your histogram is giving you a relatively faithful representation of your raw image data. But regardless, definitely learn to use the histogram as your guide.
This is good advice.
For what it's worth, I wonder if any others have fallen into a trap I set for myself. After using my 5D2 for a fair while I became accustomed to how the image should look on the LCD screen...like most people I chimp! And I preferred to turn all the info stuff off, histogram etc, so I could "evaluate" the image...not just exposure but composition etc.
Now that is all very well when you are familiar with a camera...I shoot a lot of low light stuff and was used to seeing a certain level of exposure that was pretty much okay...and my keeper rate, at least regarding exposures, was acceptable.
Now along comes the 5D3 with it's far better screen and whoa...a lot of under exposed images under certain conditions! In good light, everything was fine, but evening shots or pics taken in deep shade in the bush, under exposed! So is it the camer? No, it's the muggins using the camera.
I take a shot and have a quick look at the screen...looks absolutely fine, or a bit bright. But when downloaded most of the shots appear dull by comparison...disappointing. So I did some tests alongside the 5D2...surprise...hardly a third of a stop difference, but the look of them on the LCD? Chalk and cheese.
So I have gone back to doing what I should have done from the start...used the histogram and not assumed I could estimate it myself...at least not till I'm totally familiar with the camera. The images the 5D3 displays, obviously processed jpegs, are amazing, but are a trap for the unwary. I guess that by changing the jpeg styles in the camera the images may tone down a bit, but in the meantime I'm using the histogram!