waterrockets wrote in post #18307215
That's not true. Overexposing happens during the capture, not during post processing. In post, you can drag the ceiling down below 255, and it just makes all of the overexposed portions gray. They're still overexposed though.
Please look at (and maybe quote as well) the context of the question I answered with that. Yes, I agree that proper exposure and/or exposure errors happen at the time of capture. Yet you can still end up with an 'overexposed' end product by blowing out the values in post-processing. Some might call it 'overcooking', but it's still 'post-post-processing overexposure' all the same.
See for yourself:
This is the original image with no adjustments applied, other than the WB correction and the profile for the camera (note the RBG and overall brightness values at the main highlight):
This is the image with the final post-processing applied (again, note the values in the red square –they have gone up by a few units but they're not blown out, although the red channel is pushing it):
And this is what happens with aggressive post-processing –in this case a strong contrast curve (the red channel is blown out, as is the overall brightness, and the green and blue channels would probably print out as blown out as well, what with them being one point shy of 255):
Again, the image was properly exposed at the time of capture, but in the last example 'twas nuked during post-processing. THAT is what I was talking about: an image that will have spots blown out (values beyond 255 RBG/100% CMYK) when it's output –especially for print, since paper has a lower dynamic range than screens.