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Aug 17, 2011 16:59 |  #1

In a situation where there is the same ammount af highlights and shadows what do you expose for normally?


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Aug 17, 2011 17:13 |  #2

Whichever is more important.


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Aug 17, 2011 17:31 |  #3

Or expose for the highlights and fill flash the shadows. Like a lot of things, "it depends".




  
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Aug 17, 2011 17:45 |  #4

1. A clipped highlight is gone forever, unrecoverable.
2. In Canon cameras the shadows are never truly clipped and can be recovered, however the cost is noise and the lower the exposure the shadows received, the more the noise.

So, putting 1 and 2 together, you want to give the most exposure you can without clipping the highlights.

There is also a number 3; shooting Raw will give you an additional stop worth of highlight headroom, so you can give more exposure.


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Aug 17, 2011 18:29 |  #5

most definitely for the highlights, if you shoot in raw, if you over expose just a bit and not clip, you will find bigger files with more information than underexposed ones




  
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Aug 17, 2011 19:48 |  #6

I find digital to be very much like the old slide films in terms of response. The mantra then was "expose for the highlights and let the shadows fall where they may". I still like it. Blown highlights are far worse IMO than shadows with little detail. You can always pull shadows in post: you can't do a thing with 255,255,255.




  
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