I have found lately that I often over expose a lot of my shots. Ie, I tend to purposely expose to the right. I find, in camera, that this brings out skin tones and highlights expression. Without compensating left or right, I often find that the skin tones seem to be grey and dull. As a result, I often get blown out highlights whether they are in the background or in certain parts of the subject. As a result, I run in to a lot of problem in post.
I have been looking at some post processing before and after shots, and I often find that the skin tones on the before shots very much emulate the grey/dull tones that I try to avoid by exposing to the right. After processing, they seem to look perfect.
I shoot everything in raw, and enjoy post processing. I’ve yet to experiment on ‘exposing to the middle’, but is this the right exposure approach? Should I allow for grey tones SOOC (‘correctly exposed’) and edit the overall image/tones in post?