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Expose to the right

Arkayem

Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US
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"RE: Expose to the right"

Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography Charter Member
Sun 15-Apr-12 03:44 PM | edited Sun 15-Apr-12 03:48 PM by Arkayem

The philosophy of exposing to the right (ETTR) grew mainly out of the early days of digital photography, and was recommended for one key reason: The digital cameras of those early days were not able to capture the full dynamic range of most scenes. Exposing to the right would often give you a pleasing if not, technically correct, result.

In fact, the ETTR philosophy will only work 'right' if there are pure white tones somewhere in the image. An image filled with grays and dark tones will not be rendered correctly if you ETTR.

However, if you ETTR and adjust the images in post processing, you can achieve the maximum dynamic range capabilities of the camera.

Russ
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